Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Wheel represents the Dodo's idea of a Caucus race.
'What is a Caucus-race?' said Alice; not that she wanted much to know,...
'Why,' said the Dodo, 'the best way to explain it is to do it.'
First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, ('the exact shape doesn't matter,' it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no 'One, two, three, and away,' but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out 'The race is over!' and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, 'But who has won?' Alice in Wonderland, chapter three, Lewis Carroll
Whether we win or lose at life is pretty much like the Caucus race. We all begin at different positions, run different courses, and stop and start when we will. So today I ponder the one-up on the Joneses, status, Salvation Army and Jimmy Choo shoes, royalty and commoners, and why any of us give a rip.