April 9th

Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.' Speech at Digital Biota 2, Cambridge, UK, (1998) As quoted in Richard Dawkins' Eulogy for Douglas Adams

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4 Responses to “April 9th”

  1. David Says:

    i feel sorry for the poor puddle

  2. Marie Says:

    The world is full of small puddles that disappear and hardly anyone notices that they’ve gone….except the birds that drink from them and the children who sail matchsticks across them…the young girls who lift their skirts and step over them and the cyclists who delight in racing through them…vale little puddles.

  3. Susan Says:

    Oh my…Of all the quotes in Poetic Universe I think this one gives the most food for thought (how ironic that its about water…) This thought is positively life changing … thank you Poetic

  4. Poetic Universe Says:

    I love it , but need to shorten it. Any ideas?

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