Douglas Noel Adams
11 march 1952 – 11 may 2001
Adams was an English writer and dramatist, best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy. He also wrote a lot of other books and stories like The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988) and three chapter for the television series Doctor Who.
He was a strong advocate for animals and the environment and on the other hand a lover of fast cars, cameras and new computers. He is known for being an radical atheist and used to describe that by imaging a sentient puddle who wakes up one morning and thinks “This is an interesting world I find myself in – an interesting hole I find myself in – fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!” The probably biggest atheist in the world, Richard Dawkins, even dedicated a book to him. And in the beginning there is a quote from Adams “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”.
The way Adams has influenced me is through his collection of books called “The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy.” It is about Arthur Dent who finds himself in the way of a bulldozer that had come to destroy his house, and seconds later I the earth destroyed and he is on a spaceship traveling through universe. The first time I read it I just thought it was brilliant and funny but didn’t see it as the kind of books that you learn something from. But in the end, after reading through the almost nine hundred sides many times over, I realized that it is one of the books that have changed the way I see mankind and humanity. Because you see, Arthur is the typical British standard citizen, the standard citizen on earth and by that he reacts like a human. And we, as a part of the storyteller who know all that is going to happen, see just the funny and exiting and mindbending parts of the books. And a bit in the book you are getting pretty tierd of his...
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