The Title, Explained

“Life, The Universe, and Everything – Monochromatic Oeuvres of a Transient Philistine”.

That’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it? Ever wonder where exactly the title came from?

I’m a big fan of Douglas Adams and his “Hitchhiker’s Guide” series. I love the sarcastically dry wit that he employs so liberally, and as a fan of sci-fi (I’m both a Trekkie and a Lucasite), his works are pure gold to me.

If you’re unfamiliar, the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” series revolves around the Ultimate Question: What is The Answer? As in, the Answer – to Life, The Universe, and Everything?

According to mice, the answer is forty-two.

I didn’t just pick the title because it sounded nice and was suitably funny. You know, the whole “want-to-sound-hip-without-looking-like-a-complete-nerd” kind of thing. I picked it because I understand – hopefully, at least – and am in awe at the philosophical underpinnings (yes, I just related that to Douglas Adams) of the Answer.

The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything … is forty-two. What if one of the greatest questions in the history of mankind can be summed up in a quick Euclidean number? Think about that for a second. If you feel something akin to a slow, vibrating, revolution somewhere in the midst of your heart, it only proves that you are human.

No? Don’t feel it? Ah, well.

So that’s the first part. What about the second, considerably lengthier, subheading? Monochromatic-whatsits?

I direct you to a particular comic strip written by an absolute genius, Bill Watterson.

I think I have a soft spot for bitter, sarcastic humor, because Calvin and Hobbes – one of the greatest comic strips ever published – is chock-full of it.

It also fits, in a roundabout kind of way. I am a philistine, since I’m still unaware of many of the more complicated things in life (like calculus). I am transient, as my mind is always shifting from one thing to another, and I can never seem to find the right place to settle down and ‘fit in’. (Other people would deem myself to be a loner, and I don’t particularly dislike it.)

Okay, so I can dream. Cut me a break. I’m a starving former college student who works in digital publishing (so starving is pretty much a given), and I DEMAND MY RIGHT TO DREAM FREELY (otherwise known as insanity, but different strokes for different folks) – since it’s probably the only resource in the world that is unlimited and free of charge.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello Life, Universe and Everything,
    I take the liberty of writing to you, since I came across your blog as I was googling for instant information about the flood situation in Seoul – where I and my family will be landing on Tuesday next. Your blog is very helpful. Thanks! Susie
    ps. You’re of legal age now so DREAM ON, coz if you stop then life, universe & everything would stop.

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