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“Some laws of civilization”

For more Marshall Sahlins humour, see Waiting for Foucault, Still.

Some Laws of Civilization

First law of civilization: All airports are under construction.

Second law of civilization: I’m in the wrong line.

Third law of civilization: Snacks sealed in plastic bags cannot be opened, even using your teeth.

Fourth law of civilization: The human gene whose discovery is announced in the New York Times—there’s one every day, a gene du jour—is for some bad trait, like schizophrenia, kleptomania, or pneumonia. We have no good genes.

Fifth law of civilization: Failing corporate executives and politicians always resign to spend more time with their families.