Thursday, November 5, 2015

And now for something completely different: Me & Dog.

Evidently, Douglas Adams and The Beatles had it right.

Me & Dog is the story of Sid, an ordinary kid, and Murphy, his ordinary dog.

Sid, despite his self-diagnosed ordinariness, engages in some deep thinking about the relationship between himself and Murphy. Although it must be conceded that Sid's assumptions about Murphy's view of the cosmos are speculative, at best, and heavily dosed with the pathetic fallacy, at worst, he has to be given credit for his generous opinion of Murphy's intellect.

Based on observations of Murphy's behavior, Sid concludes that Murphy regards Sid as "King of Everything." One is tempted to assign this rather flattering conclusion not to Murphy but rather to Sid, but Sid's observations seem to be sound, even if his conclusions amount to rather dodgy doggy theology.He does Oliver Cromwell one better, in fact, and allows that while Murphy could be wrong, it doesn't really matter.

Anyway, though Sid readily admits that Murphy's assessment of Sid's omnipotence is misplaced, he thinks that it is best not to disabuse Murphy of the belief. Or even to attempt such persuasion. Let sleeping (or deluded) dogs lie. Which brings Sid to the satisfying sentiment of Adams and Lennon/McCartney, love is the nest of all possible philosophies.

And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, one girl sitting on her own in a small cafe in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.
Sadly, however, before she could get to a phone to tell anyone about it, a terribly stupid catastrophe occurred, and the idea was lost forever.
This is not her story. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
All You Need is Love, Lennon/McCartney.

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