Friday, March 30, 2007

Johnson Fables

No. 2 (Saturday, 24 March 1750)

“The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.”

The Travel Agent of the Human Mind has two package deals.
One, a Pleasure Cruise: all the amenities of home provided by a friendly staff, and, to minimize the risk of displeasure, no actual travel. Yes, it’s a domestic servant service, bringing luxury to your home. Known pleasures, all the time.
Two, the Hope Tour: all the excitement of foreign lands provided by a hostile staff, and, to minimize the risk of tedium, no permanent accommodations. Yes, it’s overseas deployment. Adventure every day, flirtation with death, but the possibility of saving others from themselves and you.
Guess which one is booked solid.

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