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Douglas Adam's was awesome. As normal he is not talking about an alternate reality he is talking about the reality we are in. Trump is just even more obviously analogous to this character than the other leaders were. I particularly like Adam's electric monks which would believe things for you, this seems more and more real the older I get
Steve3007 wrote:IWhether president Trump is really analogous to it? I guess probably not really. That was just a little conceit of mine. An obvious difference is that Trump clearly has brought with him various pre-conceived ideas. But one parallel to the solipsism of the character is perhaps Trump's apparent belief that truth and falsehood are irrelevant and that all that matters about one's words is the effect that they have. And therefore Fact Checking news services miss the point.
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(I like the electric monks too. I think they were in Dirk Gently weren't they?)
[...] it was none the less a perfectly ordinary horse, such as convergent evolution has produced in many of the places that life is to be found. They have always understood a great deal more than they let on. It is difficult to be sat on all day, every day, by some other creature, without forming an opinion about them.
On the other hand, it is perfectly possible to sit all day, every day, on top of another creature and not have the slightest thought about them whatsoever.
Trump is completely opposite to the ruler of the universe. The latter claims ignorance about things of which he really does know while Trump claims great knowledge of things about which he knows precious little.
They have always understood a great deal more than they let on. It is difficult to be sat on all day, every day, by some other creature, without forming an opinion about them.
Zaphod and Trillian seem quite pleased with the ruler of the universe. I mean I get the theme that anyone who both wants to be the ruler and can convince others to allow it should not be the ruler.
In real life I see this often, people who know how complicated and difficult a problem is may not believe they have the aptitude to run a country (or run a business).
Anyone who does think they have the aptitude to run a country is probably mistaken about how complicated and difficult it is and how little they know (dunning-kruger).
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