The only desire the Culture could not satisfy from within itself was …. the urge not to feel useless. The Culture’s sole justification for the relatively unworried,hedonistic life its population enjoyed was good works; the secular evangelism of the Contact Section, not simply finding, cataloguing, investigating and analysing other, less advanced civilisations but – where the circumstances appeared to Contact to justify so doing – actually interfering (overtly and covertly) in the historical processes of those other cultures.
Iain M Banks,
President Vladimir Putin … signed into law a … bill that requires nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) which receive funding from abroad to register with the Justice Ministry as “foreign agents”
Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, 2012
… they were dwelt among, investigated, spied on, revered and loved …
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