Thursday, May 20, 2010

10 Reasons Why Douglas Adams Might as Well Be a Guru...

When Serene Balance was in college, she read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novels by Doulgas Adams, or as they are often referred to, “a trilogy in five parts”. She didn’t realize it at the time, but everything she needed to know about life, the universe, and everything was somewhere in those books. Granted, she had to sift through a considerable amount of nonsense to get to the good stuff, but then, isn’t that exactly how life works?
Here are ten passages from the “trilogy” that she thinks make particularly useful life lessons.

We hope you’ll find a lot of good stuff here as well...

1. “There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

2. “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.”

3. “Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”

4. “Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word ’safe’ that I wasn’t previously aware of.”

5. “The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.”

6. “Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

7. “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
8. “He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.”

9. “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

10. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

The above article was written by Serene Balance, an unrelenting idealist, best known for her extreme empathy, and unbridled passion. The complete article, with commentary can be found at…