Are A Tough Hobbit To Break
"I do not read advertisements. I would
spend all of my time wanting things." - Franz Kafka
So I'm reading the Lord of the Rings for the third
time, just for the sheer, delicious pleasure of it, when
One Ring that is absurdly obvious.
Our lives are filled with Rings.
I don't simply mean round, hoopy things. I'm referring to objects which at first
Money is not a Ring. It's simply the currency we use to acquire Rings.
Dogs are not just friendly, furry playmates. Any animal that can be taught
command should always demand our deepest respect, no matter its size. Yes,
this includes wiener dogs.
some people are incapable of assuming command, too unwilling or unable to demand
the necessary kind of respect, and
fall into a primitive co-dependency. They wake
trapped with a destructive, uncommunicative beast, their nerves shot and their
homes in chaos.
Entire industries have sprung up to rescue these poor saps
to whch they've succumbed. The Dog Whisperer is not just infotainment,
he's a sad reflection on our times.
Drugs are rings.
let's define what a drug is: Drugs are substances
you introduce to your body, which affect
you physically and even alter your consciouness.
Sugar is, by this definition, a really good drug.
Actually, we all know which substances I mean
but I like to include alcohol and nicotine to the list of
suspect if for no other reason than their obvious Ring-like
You start with a simple drink/toke/hit but eventually,
like most people, you slowly expand your intake in order
to explore your
Or to sate your widened tolerance. This
curiosity, especially the variant which says "I can
ingest more than you, sissy-boy" has made a lot of people,
many with CIA ties, very rich.
There are of course people out there who can stop using drugs
any time they want and have
The most monstrous 21st century Ring of all is the automobile.
I don't think I have to belabor this point but the world
would certainly be a far different place without cars, and
better one, in my opinion. You, on the other hand, might
just prefer pollution, suburban sprawl and catastrophic climate
change, but the vast concrete
wastelands anchoring stagnant clouds of
noxious air reminds me more of Mordor and less of the Shire
Ask yourself this: Could you drive all the way to the
Mount Doom Recycling Plant, toss your car in, and then walk
back? If so, then maybe the Fourth Age of Man will be Smaug
Note: This cartoon in no way intends to minimize
the remarkable, take-no-prisoners, anti-meth print ads developed by the Montana
Meth Project. Go see for yourself. And share.