Saturday, September 22, 2012

a world of lizards


“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 so 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 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?"

 "What?"

 "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 happenned to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it." 

"But that's terrible," said Arthur.

 "Listen, bud," said Ford, "if I had one Altairian dollar for every time I heard one bit of the Universe look at another bit of the Universe and say 'That's terrible' I wouldn't be sitting here like a lemon looking for a gin.” 

― Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

9 comments:

Jason said...

You are such a wonderful freak, LA. Excellent excerpt for this cool lizard.

Judy Williams said...

Those guys' separately moving eyes always amaze and creep me out! HA HA HA

Wayne said...

The marvellous mind of Douglas Adams. If you can lay your hands on a copy, have a look at 'The Meaning of Liff'

Diana said...

Goodness, did you actually photograph this in South Pasadena? I've never seen anything like it - how beautiful!

Barbara said...

I would definitely vote for this lizard, if I had to vote for a lizard.

Michelle said...

I think i know whose pet this is!!! Love it, Laurie!!!

TheChieftess said...

Heh, heh!! Such a timely piece!!

South Pas Mommy said...

This lizard portrait is unreal!

Laurie said...

Thanks, everyone!

Wayne, one of my favorites. I'm not surprised you like it too.

Diana, isn't he beautiful?! Not wild, of course, but still a South Pas neighbor...