He gazed keenly into the distance and looked as if he would quite like the wind to blow his hair back dramatically at that point, but the wind was busy fooling around with some leaves a little way off.
According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there are rules that determine the reaction of most lifeforms to emerging technologies. One: Anything that is in your world when you are born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way things work. Two: anything that’s invented in the first third of your lifespan is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Three: anything invented once you are middle-aged is against the natural order of things.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: Quintessential Phase
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
1 – Tutto quello che si trova nel mondo alla tua nascita è dato per scontato.
2 – Tutto quello che viene inventato tra la tua nascita e i tuoi trent’anni è incredibilmente eccitante e creativo e se hai fortuna puoi costruirci sopra la tua carriera.
3 – Tutto quello che viene inventato dopo i tuoi trent’anni è un’offesa all’ordine naturale delle cose, è l’inizio della fine della civiltà e solo dopo essere stato in circolazione per almeno dieci anni torna a essere abbastanza normale.
Guida galattica per gli autostoppisti
For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy