Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The timing seems fitting...

"The major problem--one of the major problems, for there are several--one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem."
~Douglas Adams
from The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)

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At June 14, 2008 7:54 PM, Blogger sara said...

I love that series. I don't remember very clearly, but wasn't the President forced into the job and kept in isolation on an uninhabited planet?

 
At June 15, 2008 6:50 PM, Blogger Tiffany said...

If I remember correctly the guy who actually ran the universe lived isolated, where as they had a president who was elected- in this case Zaphod Bettelbrox (spelled wrong, don't have time to look it up)that was basically just a public figure head with no power. Hence the whole "if they are capable of being elected, then they should on no account be allowed to do the job" bit of the quote. There is actually a similar quote in "Play Piano" by Kurt Vonegut that I might get around to posting this week.

 
At June 15, 2008 6:51 PM, Blogger Tiffany said...

Oh and the guy who was running everything didn't know he was running everything. I love the part where they all go and visit him. They leave feeling pretty good about the state of things. It is amusing.

 
At June 15, 2008 7:41 PM, Blogger sara said...

That's it, I'm off to the library tomorrow to start all over with Hitchhikers.

 
At August 09, 2008 10:09 AM, Blogger Leigh Ann said...

Hope that little picture in the right hand corner means what I think it means.

 
At August 29, 2008 3:19 PM, Blogger mavis said...

this reminded me of you. to go with your kitchen tip tuesday. :) and someday i will get those pink kitchen shears.
http://www.thebarefootmama.com/thebarefootmama/2008/08/feminine-friday.html

 
At August 05, 2009 2:38 PM, Blogger Kirt said...

Missing your blog. Where'd you go?

 
At August 05, 2009 4:41 PM, Blogger Tiffany said...

Got pregnant. :) I was really sick the whole 9 months. During which we moved. Been thinking about blogging again, if I ever get the time. I have been missing it lately.

 

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