Written by walter

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) wrote, in his essay 'Pulvis et Umbra' on Kosmos, ‎i.e. universe: "All of these we take to be made of something we call matter: a thing which ‎no analysis can help us conceive; to whose incredible properties no familiarity can ‎reconcile our minds. This stuff…rots uncleanly into something we call life."‎

The incredible properties of the matter or in biblical sense 'dust', falls under chemistry. In ‎other words, life is the chemical or physical reaction which we may observe, say, in a ‎garden hose left loose on the lawn; as soon as the faucet is turned on it keeps ‎vigorously twisting and jumping. ‎

As we know, each matter has certain bonding properties. For instance, the Plaster of ‎Paris has a tendency to absorb great amount of water? Then air, also, has the same ‎tendency to evaporate the Plaster of Paris and turn it dry. ‎

When it comes to other matters, erectus two-feet walking matter, we see that it can ‎possess properties, one of which is called 'greed'. Greed is defined as a characteristic ‎which motivates man to acquire something more than required. And greed is one of the ‎Seven Deadly Sins!‎

Anyway, we know some men are greedy and they accumulate a lot, like the Plaster of ‎Paris. On the other hand, we cannot build a brick wall without mortar? Greedy men, ‎mortar, are needed to perform a public task.‎

However, it happens that once we use these greedy sticky people, we fail to get rid of ‎them. The worst case is when they revolt and usurp power and we allow them to use ‎their secret service, police force, etc, to take us hostages. ‎

Since universe is in favor of equilibrium, there must be a reliable method to chip away ‎the cement we used to erect the wall which has turned out to be our prison sell. ‎

When this passage reached here, I learned of a 93-year old widowed dependent ‎pensioner who lives with her younger married son, wounded in action and unemployed, ‎with two children. This woman, bedridden, every month goes to the bank along with her ‎trustful biological daughter who lives several blocks away and transfers the entire pay to ‎her daughter's account as a saving for a rainy day! Not a penny is passed to the ‎wounded son!‎

The noble son probably uses his savings or assets to fully provide for the mother who ‎never stops criticizing her son's wife and children!‎ ‎

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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