The secret of the magic of life consists in using action in order to attain non-action. One must not wish to leap over everything and penetrate directly.
- Lu Yen, Chinese Meditation Adept (fl. 800 A.D.)
During the height of the Cold War in the 1980s, Yakov Smirnoff immigrated to America from the USSR, telling jokes about how bad life really was living under Communism. His “In Soviet Union” jokes are especially memorable:
In America, you can always find a party.
In Soviet Russia, Party always find you!
In America, you break law.
In Soviet Russia, law breaks you!
In America, your work determines your marks.
In Soviet Russia, Marx determines your work!
In America, you assassinate presidents.
In Soviet Russia, presidents assassinate you!
In America, you watch Big Brother.
In Soviet Russia, Big Brother watches you!
Well, as you can see below, I felt it was time to create a new genre about our own nightmare: