By Philip K. Dick
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Aramaic was the tongue that Christ spoke. There should be more like him. ONE His job, as always, bored him. So he had during the previous week gone to the ship's transmitter and attached conduits to the permanent electrodes extending from his pineal gland. The conduits had carried his prayer to the transmitter, and from there the prayer had gone into the nearest relay network; his prayer, during these days, had bounced throughout the galaxy, winding up – he hoped – at one of the godworlds. His prayer had been simple.
Now see, Tallchief, I've been here a month and I have yet to find someone I can talk to, really talk to. Every person here is completely involved with himself and doesn't give a damn about the others. " Betty Jo said, "I'm not offended. It's true. I don't care about you, Babble, or any of the rest. " She turned toward Ben. "We have an initial curiosity when someone lands . . as we had about you. But afterward, after we see the person and listen to him a little – " She lifted her cigarette from the ashtray and inhaled its smoke silently.
He realized, toward dinnertime, that he was doing it all. Where is she? he asked himself. It's not fair. Depression hit him, as it generally did toward mealtime. I wonder if it's all worth it, he said to himself. Going from one no-good job to another. I'm a loser. Mary is right about me; look at the job I did selecting a noser. Look at the job I'm doing loading this damn stuff in here. He gazed about the interior of the noser, conscious of the ungainly piles of clothing, books, records, kitchen appliances, typewriter, medical supplies, pictures, wear-forever couch covers, chess set, reference tapes, communications gear and junk, junk, junk.
A Maze of Death (SF Masterworks 63) by Philip K. Dick