The older I get the more I enjoy Monty Python in any form. I guess that says something about the kind of person I’ve become. Here was a quote from a Season 3 episode I saw last night which generated wry laughter from my brain:
We would like to apologize for the way in which politicians are represented in this programme. It was never our intention to imply that politicians are weak-kneed political time-servers who are more concerned with their personal vendettas and private power struggles than the problems of government, nor to suggest at any point that they sacrifice their credibility by denying free debate on vital matters in the mistaken impression that party unity comes before the well-being of the people they supposedly represent, nor to imply at any stage that they are squabbling little toadies without an ounce of concern for the vital social problems of today. Nor indeed do we intend that viewers should consider them as crabby ulcerous little self seeking vermin with furry legs and an excessive addition to alcohol and certain explicit sexual practices which some people might find offensive.
This was from 1972. That means [tries to count years on fingers and toes; fails; reverts to pen and paper; realizes how garbage my math skills remain] this was from 50 years ago. Not much has changed. I wonder if it’s essentially always been like that without exception. It’s a wonder we haven’t blown up the planet yet. We somehow have always managed to muddle through. That’s kind of neat. Because we live here.