In the next few minutes, he will witness the destruction of his planet and over the next few hours, he will realize that not only do aliens exist but also find himself on their hit list. He has somehow managed to stumble into the middle of an inter-galactic war.
Armed with a towel, still dressed in his pyjamas and robes, and accompanied by his friend Ford (an alien), Arthur Dent goes from being an ordinary human with regular problems in the morning to sitting in a spaceship waiting for Earth’s destruction, by the afternoon.
After surviving Earth’s destruction, and being almost incinerated by a Vogon fleet, Dent reaches this understanding and, from then on, he takes everything in his stride. A trip to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe? Bring it on! A race of hyperintelligent pan-dimensional beings disguised as mice wanting to dissect your brain? Let’s roll with it! Discovering that your planet has been part of a billion year experiment by an artificial intelligence? Sure, why not?
In Hitchhiker’s accident plays a major role in the individual events that occur. We can’t plan for everything; sometimes things don’t work out, but we get over it. For Dent, accidents not only place him in strange situations but also help him get through them. For example, after being thrown into space, they are coincidentally picked up by Ford’s semi-cousin and President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox.
So, on the days you look up to the sky and wonder about the meaning of life, the universe, and everything else, read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and experience the overall feeling of infiniteness that the book seeks to convey to its readers. It will give you perspective in the face of overwhelming circumstances while making you laugh. You will want to eat at the ‘Restaurant at the End of the Universe’ and find yourself contemplating the horror of the Total Perspective Vortex.