“Our merchants and master-manufacturers complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price, and thereby lessening the sale of their goods both at home and abroad. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people.” — Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
“Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.” — John Maynard Keynes, New Statesman and Nation (15 July 1933)
“The terrible thing about invisibility is the lengths we will go to be seen.” — Margaret Cho, I Have Chosen To Stay And Fight
Take Tom Stoppard and Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon, throw in some philosophy presented humorously and you have all the ingredients for an enjoyable 55 minute radio play. I was not disappointed.
The album, like many good soundtracks, accentuates the story. It punctuates the scenes, adds colour and sets the mood. The play uses philosophy as a prop to weave the album’s themes, like madness, the stress of modern life, finding your own truth, into a completely separate story.
The play is rich and, like with the album, I discover something new at every listen. Classic philosophical thought experiments are presented then turned upside down. There are metaphors, lines from classic movies, and plenty of word play. This is the type of story which makes me thankful for Wikipedia.
The trailer sells the play well. Not only did it convince me to buy the CD despite my aversion to anniversary editions, it works as a standalone video and I have added it to my favourites
Do you believe in the juggler?
“It would be futile for a man to labor at establishing a reputation for oddity if he were ready at the slightest provocation to revert to normal action.” — Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance