In his weekly Takimag column, Theodore Dalrymple ponders the importance of toilet paper, workers who provide us with our basic services, as well as the position of supermarket shelf-stacker during these dark days of the Chinese coronavirus. Classic Dalrymple.
For example, if there were no electricity, there could be no theater productions, at least in their modern form, and certainly no films, to say nothing of many other refined aspects of existence. While we could do without plays and films, we could not do without electricity; just think how upset we are when the lights go out even for a short time because a power cable is down. We feel a sense almost of moral outrage, as if our rights were somehow being infringed. Therefore the least worker on the electricity grid is more important to us, if we think honestly, than the greatest director in the history of stage or film; and yet we admire the director far more than the man whose work is a precondition of the director’s work.
Mr Dalrymple refers to three fat women who were squabbling over the last multipacks on a supermarket shelf, and he goes on to say “Fortunately, there were no weapons to hand to assist them in their efforts to obtain their vital supplies.” I think he missed out the “Un”.
This made us smile. A sense of snark will go a long way in a crisis. My father would love his comments about The Complete Works of Lenin.
Thanks so much for pointing us to the works of the great TD through this site. Keep up the excellent work.
Thank you for the kind comment and encouragement, JKE. As long as the good doctor keeps writing, we will certainly keep posting. Cheers.
I’m not sure if you linked to this Oldie podcast:
Thank you for the heads-up, David. I will be sure to post a link to that podcast this week.