It was Primary Day for First In The Nation New Hampshire yesterday. The line-up of candidates on the ballots was extensive, to say the least. It reminded me of cereal aisles at grocery stores. So many brands to choose from, so many boxes, so many facadic advertising ploys reaching out into the aisles to grab at unsuspecting consumers. So much empty caloric sugar inside each box, and wheat that has been stripped of all it’s nutrients and replaced with refortified man-made ingredients. Tons of preservatives to make sure that the contents have a long shelf life, maybe as long as the shelf itself. And don’t forget that the cereal is boxed by weight, not by the contents which may have settled.
All sorts of shapes, flat, round, round with holes in them, chunky, colored pastelly or natural. A cereal for each and every member of the masses.
That’s what we had to choose from on Tuesday. A candidate for every palate. But very few that actually had any nutritional content.
I hate talking about politics, I get nowhere. I hate thinking about politics, but I did cast my vote.
Back in the seventies and eighties people discussed pre-,post-and a-millennialism. You got nowhere when you were sucked into one of those arguments. Now you get nowhere if you discuss global warming, aka climate change. Of course there’s climate change, there always has been, and always will be climate change.
As a matter of fact we have always had cereal, politics, and a knowledge that this world is not going to last forever though I’m not sure which actually came first. It’s probably a close tie. I think taxation fits in there nicely, too.
This following quiz might not be as much fun as Heidi’s quiz a few weeks ago, but what the heck. Go for it.
Arrange the items below in the order in which you think they happened/will happen in time. To keep this a writers blog I’ve thrown in some books.
The end of the world
Pride and prejudice (the sins)
Jasper Fforde’s next Thursday Next in his series.
My cosy mystery
Pride and Prejudice (the book)
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Do let me know what you think.