Sunday, December 16, 2007
HALLMARKS OF CIVILIZATION
Asphalt- suffocates the earth and heats up everything. Bugs avoid it.
Garbage- everywhere you look it blows through the air and keeps piling up.
Loudness- alarms, buzzers, weed whips. Essential elements to keep us in a state of mild agitation.
Boxes- includes cages, cubicles and crates. Can be used for transport, housing and work.
Growth- essential component of industrial economic mentality. Operates like the cancer cell.
Garage- a must have to store all the boxes.
Plastic- useful for choking up waterways and birds. Also useful for buying stuff, mostly plastic stuff. Never leave home without it.
Wires- dangling from every pole, house and ear.
Vehicles- metal boxes often used to carry other vehicles.
Colossal Banditry- conventional usage names this "Development." Without this minor detail Civilization loses it's veneer and quickly becomes savage.
Grass- necessary to highlight the hedges and make use of Sunday leisure time. Mower not included.
Mirrors- a whole hall full. Necessary for narcissistic culture and to continue the illusion that no one is catching up.
Heavily Packaged- all sales and marketing techniques come with this, like Civilization itself. Ultimately turns into garbage, like Civilization itself.
Well-Groomed- must keep up appearances. The facade is crucial to masque that which lies beneath beneath the skin. That being copious amounts of "uncivilized" blood.
Servants- billions needed. Used to be human units, shackled and chained of 'Slavery' now uniformed human units, often wearing visors, employed in the 'service economy.'
Museums- congealed ideologies live here. Nothing moves. Attendees happiest when eating ice cream.
Insurance- a reminder that no matter what money will secure our future.
Paperwork- lends a certain air of import to those doing it. Mistakenly thought of as work.
Control- everything wild and free to be exterminated or caged. Boxes can be helpful here.
Straight Lines- elegant oxbows are inefficient. Rectilinear architecture to keep things in order.
Lights- all the time. Everywhere. Mystery makes civilization uneasy.