Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Wealthy Are Voting With Their Feet ... By Going Underground

Clive James writes a tongue-in-cheek article about a very recent phenomenon, trying to turn a terrifying harbinger of the future into a lighthearted look at the secret lives of the rich.

The fact is ... they're digging. Almost all of them. Case closed. The ranks of Vault-Dwellers are surging by the day.

Anyone, that is, who shares my belief that civilization might be coming to an end.

The chief evidence for this is that people with enough money are starting to dig. It is always an interesting psychological turning point when people with power develop a bunker mentality.

Clive, welcome to Vault-Co country. Enjoy the smooth, natural minty-fresh flavor of cobalt-laced fallout at 12,000 rads an hour. It's atomolicious!

Peasants and weaklings, be they rich or poor, do not think of their posterity. They do not contemplate the future. For this reason they are assured they will have none. The man who contemplates the future and takes steps to prepare for it is rich in spirit and in understanding ... it doesn't matter if he lives in a banana crate. Slaves and women take no thought of the future, like children they expect that is someone else's obligation. In order to stop being a slave, stop thinking about some stranger saving you from yourself and start thinking about what you are going to do to make sure no stranger holds your fate in his hands.

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