“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.”
— Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams was an English writer who was born 1952, and died way too soon in 2001, of a heart attack. If you’ve never sampled his writing before, I urge you to try it.
I loved Adams – from the 5 book Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (because why should a trilogy be limited to three books?) to the bizarre Dirk Gently books, and a few other things along the way. He was a keen observer of human behavior, and had a fantastic way of pointing out the absurd. If I had his imagination, and his gift with words, I would surely be famous by now.
Although humorous, the quote is quite apropos as I ponder the continued popularity of Donald Trump among, alarmingly, not just the seriously deranged. There are a few mostly sane people I work with that find value in some of what he says. Argh. Although I used the friendly ‘don’t panic’ hitchhiker’s logo in conjunction with this post, I’m concerned that sane people let Trump spout his crap uncontested far longer than they should have, and maybe it can happen here, after all. Panic is useless – so ‘don’t panic’ is always good advice, but it is definitely time to be concerned – and to act on that concern.
In that, far less humorous, vein, for all of those who think any of what Donald Trump says makes sense, or for those of you dealing with the idiots that think the Affordable Care Act is somehow Hitler-esqe, but that Trump’s anti-immigration, anti-muslim rhetoric is patriotic, I share this meme that came my way on Facebook the other day – perhaps it makes the problem clearer than words alone seem to:
meme courtesy of People who support the healthcare law Facebook page
*a portion of this post previously appeared on January 20, 2015