Monday, March 12th, 2012

Still makes as much sense today as it did then:

[An extraterrestrial robot and spaceship has just landed on earth. The robot steps out of the spaceship.]

“I come in peace,” it said, adding after a long moment of further grinding, “take me to your Lizard.”

Ford Prefect, of course, had an explanation for this, as he sat with Arthur and watched the nonstop frenetic news reports on television.

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see…”

“You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?”

“No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like to straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”

“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”

“I did,” said ford. “It is.”

“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”

“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”

“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”

“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”

“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”

“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?”


“I said,” said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, “have you got any gin?”

“I’ll look. Tell me about the lizards.”

Ford shrugged again.

“Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them,” he said. “They’re completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone’s got to say it.”

From “So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish,” by Douglas Adams, who would’ve been 60 years old yesterday. Happy birthday, you magnificent bastard, you!

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  1. 1 The Seanster said at 6:38 pm on March 12th, 2012:


  2. 2 Dave said at 5:59 am on March 13th, 2012:

    Yeah, I miss him, too. I spent the afternoon on his birthday reading “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish,” probably my favorite book of the 5-book trilogy.

    Or were you sighing because the simile of lizards as politicians is so depressingly accurate?

  3. 3 The Seanster said at 1:08 am on March 14th, 2012:

    More the latter, really. :( No reptilians needed…

  4. 4 This Is Drivel » Blog Archive » patio said at 6:15 am on March 14th, 2012:

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