Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fables from a Forgotten Place: Lessons for Left-overs

Narrow Way ~ Michael Whelan

Little Things of the future, listen to me and I will tell you about the world the humans left us.
You must know that they were a complex specie immersed in delusions; unable to save themselves from their self-destructive urge for more.
In the old times when animals were free, the ducks lived on a pond.
The plants and bacteria that lived in the pond water provided food for ducks and the waste from the ducks fed the plants and bacteria that lived in the pond water.
Along came the humans with the belief that all animal life requires human benevolence to survive:
“Let’s feed the ducks,” they told their children, “we can use this stale bread that we don’t need anymore”
Now, humans being herd animals, all caught on to this heart-warming pastime and soon the ducks would wait around for the easy meals provided.
Unfortunately, neither the ducks’ digestive system nor the pond’s eco-system were designed for breadcrumbs, which were very low in nutritional value, and the plants and bacteria began to die from the plague of soggy mess which soon coated the bottom of the pond.
The ducks, although now suffering from bad health, became dependent on the human breadcrumbs since the pond was no longer able to provide.
Now Little Things, you should know that humans had, among their many bad traits, a tendency to fickleness; when feeding the ducks became a duty they lost interest and motivation and after some time of ill-health the ducks, now too weak to fly away to another pond, died.
It is difficult to understand these actions, so ignorant of the facts that were so readily available, but the human species insisted on its right to be wilfully ignorant and continued to do so even in the face of its own, self-fulfilled, extinction. So we, the surviving animals must now learn to live on what little is left over.
But do not despair Little Things, we do not have to worry about the humans anymore, we need only remember not to trust any species that seeks to rule the world.

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