“Everything and everyone serves history’s single purpose.”

A similar tale from two Bills:

5 Nov 1989

Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, 5 November 1989 Text: PANEL 1 “I’ve been thinking, Hobbes.” PANEL 2 “On a weekend?” “Well, it wasn’t on purpose…” PANEL 3 “I believe history is a force.” PANEL 4 “Its unalterable tide sweeps all people and institutions along its unrelenting path. Everything and everyone serves history’s single purpose.” PANEL 5 “And what is that purpose?” “Why, to produce ME, of course! I’m the end result of history.” PANEL 6 “YOU?” “Think of it! Thousands of generations lived and died to produce my exact, specific parents, whose reason for being, obviously, was to produce ME.” PANEL 7 “All history up to this point has been spent preparing the world for my presence.” “Hmm, 4.5 billion years probably wasn’t long enough” PANEL 8.” Now I’m here, and history is vindicated.” “So now that history’s brought you, what are you going to do?” PANEL 9 “Ooh, you wascawwy wabbit!”

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, 2003

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