It’s always nice when I can write about a topic that has absolutely no controversy. Some things are just so obvious and universal that just about everyone agrees. And I think it’s a given that the best book ever written was Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
First off, the overall theme of the book is something to which we can all subscribe:
What great advice! Don’t panic! Does this amazing literary behemoth offer any other wisdom we can put into practice immediately? Why yes it does!
“In the beginning, the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”
“Q: What to do if you find yourself stuck with no hope of rescue?
A: Consider yourself lucky that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn’t been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems to be more likely, consider yourself lucky that it won’t be troubling you for much longer.”
“Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made president should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
“There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack consists of being able to throw yourself at the ground, and miss.”
And of course:
“A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”
So stay hoopy, you bunch of froods. The answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything is decisively Forty-Two. All we need to do is figure out the question and we’ll be all set!
As always, thanks for reading and you’re welcome!
Living the Dream,