“We Can’t Win Against Obsession…” Douglas Adams

“We can’t win against obsession. They care, we don’t. They win.” ~ Ford Prefect – Douglas Adams: Life, The Universe, Everything (1982) 
Douglas Adams’ writing is funny because it just is, and it is also funny because satire is always funny. (How’s that for and Adamsian sentence?) The ability to point out societal flaws and mores while making the reader laugh is the surest way to have them understand the absurdity of the world. Adams’ books, and more precisely the character of Ford Prefect, hold up a mirror and show us how ridiculous we really are. When it comes to dilettantism, our culture is second to none. We are more than happy to let the obsessives do what they want, while we absently shake our heads and carry on. And thus, they care, we don’t. They win.

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