You can spend a lot of time thinking about civilization and whether it has a future, but defining it isn’t so straightforward. Or is it? This definition works for me, particularly on a hot summer’s day in a piazza in Italy. Or anywhere.
Favourite flavours – deepest, darkest chocolate; strong mocha or coffee; mango nectar. And you?
Save civilization – buy yourself an ice-cream.
‘What is civilization?’ asked Bridget.
‘Ices,’ said Roger, ‘and all that sort of thing.’
Source: Arthur Ransome, Secret Water (London: Vintage, 2014 (1939)), p. 372
Photo credit: Jared Sluyter at unsplash – I love this image so much, I also use it here.