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Curse of the Full Belly

A remarkably pertinent passage from Kurt Vonnegut's Galapagos:

There is another human defect which the Law of Human Selection has yet to remedy: When people of today have full bellies, they are exactly like their ancestors of a million years ago: very slow to acknowledge any awful troubles they may be in. Then is when they forget to keep a sharp lookout for sharks and whales.

This was a particularly tragic flaw a million years ago, since the people who were best informed about the state of the planet, like Andrew MacIntosh, for example, and rich and powerful enough to slow down all the waste and destruction going on, were by definition well fed.

So everything was always just fine as far as they were concerned.

George Bush has a very full belly. Always has.

March 19, 2004 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink