[Insanity, Sanity], Gallstone Pain

In this dialogue, two personas exemplify a normal state of mind to discuss an unacceptable one.  It is often misunderstood or considered unimportant.  Today things like sleep deprivation and gallstone pain are common problems that are reaching epidemic proportions.  Yet, the state of mind, is hardly taken seriously and needs to be expressed better in literature and culture.  Common concerns are often overlooked due to ignorance and lack of compassion.  This story is trying to kill two birds with one stone.

Insanity:  Had another f***ing tantrum, just about lost my cookies on that one.

Sanity:  What set you off.  Did someone mess with you i.e.) punch you, shoot you, put you in the hospital?

Is:  No.

S:  You get some kind of bad ass news?  You fired?  Get the death sentence?  Loose someone important to you?

Is:  No.

S:  What then?

Is:  Well, first, I told you it was a tantrum.  But, I think it’s more like a mood swing because I’ve had this difficult sleeping problem for the last couple of years.

S:  Really, what is wrong?

Is:  I think I need surgery for gallstones.  It’s painful enough to wake me every night and I have a tough time getting eight hours sleep.

S:  So, you are sick and you deny it.  And you are sleep deprived and getting mood swings.

Is: Yup.

S:  Good enough.

[Him, Her], Sheltered Innocence

In this dialogue, the softness in their voice is difficult to pin point.  The valor and feelings make speaking a tide that ebbs and flows.  She’s alright in her fashion and he is the distraction.  He is a strong note of contention for her acceptance and passion.  They drift along a shore.  They paddle out.  They get more.  They want peace.  They like action.  They fill out the reaction.  Looking for love, they find more and more and more…

Him:  Can you feel your voice rising and falling?  Is it more of a vibration?  Does it come and go?  I just want to go out from the shore.

Her: Yes.  Yes.  Yes.  I want beach and sand.  Till, the water breaks on shore.  I like the shore.  More, more, more!

Him:  You feel the wave passing through your legs.  You always look.  I see you breath.  Hold my hand in yours.

Her:  Ya.  Come on out, let’s swim out to the breaking waves.  You want my hand, you are light, I can pull your body next to me.

Him:  Don’t do that, unless you want to, I am happy with your hand.  Let’s body surf these waves.

Her:  Let’s get some.

[Greens, BC Liberals], An Informal Arrangement

In this dialogue, two savvy voters discuss the looming compromise to keep the B.C. Liberals in power, to keep the B.C. Greens growing towards the third alternative.  On the liberal side you keep the power structure in play for a couple more years.  And maybe learn a thing or two about greener ideas for proportional voting, climate change and human rights/ cooperation and collaboration.

BC Greens:  We are tired of letting the planet go to pot.  We need to stop all the pollution.  We need to figure out a way to implement good change without fracturing the power structure.  You liberals need to have our help.  If you expect to have a majority for a couple more years.  At least that’s what I read in the paper.

BC Liberals:  What about these media people?  They worked pretty hard last night dealing with this big news.  I was reading the Globe & Mail this morning, they set out most of the information, analysis, and strategy for our new government.

BCG:  You think?  I believe the NDP may garnish us a better future.  After all, they offer the voter a $400 rent subsidy.  And your optics seem to find it difficult to give our party official party status:  an office, budget, and staff!

BCL:  Hey, Christy is looking good.  We won the popular vote and we won the most seats.  You can’t forget the last 16 years!  We have made it possible for your party to exist.  I mean both the NDP and Liberals have had fights and worked through many issues over the years.  You guys are the new kids on the block.

BCG:  Ya, we are mostly young smart people with power and money from people who earn their way through political change.  We are tired of big money from the unions and business.  We want ‘fair trade’ in our politics.  We are listening to the people who vote for us and we build a party for them.  Hell, we are them.!

BCL:  Well, we might be getting a little long in the tooth.  And we are also a party that believes in its people.  Our country is democratic and our liberal principles make it stay democratic.  That’s the way it is.  So, unless you can prove to me that are ideals that need replacing, I think I will wait for the final count to come in over the next couple of months.

BCG:  Ya, we believe you.  That’s why you are going to support our private members bills and honor us with party status.  And we will give you another couple years of ‘clean air’.

 

[goddess, god], Myth About Women

In this dialogue, two gods talk about inequality.  It comes up because one calls a grown woman a ‘girl’.  We all do it.  We all think there is something ‘pretty’ about it.  But women leaders are coming out against it because of the way mostly men use the word.  Especially when it is sexual or perhaps insinuating that a woman is less than a man.  No one says ‘look at that boy’ to a grown man anymore.  Anyway, the idea is that it is time to treat women better.  And perhaps, the gods can get the ball rolling…

goddess:  She is just a girl.

god:  For goodness sake, she must be 40 years old.

gs:  Well, she is young for her age.

g:  No, she is definitely a woman with two girls of her own, a shitty job, a husband and a mortgage.  The whole she-bag.

gs:  Well, she will always be my little girl.

g:  F*** You!  Get a life,

gs:  Well, I never heard such language.  Women, like myself and others don’t need a god that hammers away at them.  I don’t give a f*** about the use of language or swearing between consenting adults.  But I guess I think demeaning language makes me think of inequality.  It is better to give up bad language when it supports ideas that are out dated and need reform.  I’ll start calling her a woman and maybe you can drop some of the four letter words.

g:  Sounds good, Karen, and you can call me Bob.  I’m a big believer in cooperation and collaboration.

gs:  Me too Bob.  I guess we should set a good example.  People hang on our every world.

g:  Yes, and we aren’t doing too well ourselves.

gs:  True.  True.

[Plato and the Mathematician], God and Heaven On Earth

In this dialogue, two philosophers use mathematics as a symbol to demonstrate the need to learn about ‘The Good in Itself’.  They abstractly turn to the need for study.  How we need to practice on earth to believe in the universe, God and Heaven. 

Plato:  Above the door, yes, no number can be added to any other.  What do you think this slogan means to our school?

Mathematician:  I liken it to a term we call ‘fractals’ and how combined with basic algebra and imaginary numbers, the infinite can be captured in a design.

P:  Yes, this is a form from the imagination that describes ‘The Good in Itself’.  I subscribe no name to it.  But I honor my friend and teacher:  Socrates.

M:  He is the one who gave his life in the pursuit of love (knowledge of wisdom)

P:  Yes and the students spend ten years learning mathematics to become students and teachers in Cnidus’s school.

M:  Ah, the foundation for Euclidean geometry.

P:  Hmm, I find the sphere to be a remarkable image.

M:  Yes, each geometrical figure is significant.  Spheres produce the least surface area for a given volume composed to any other object of the same volume. So you lend your reason to the language of mathematics?

P:  I believe God will help us learn mathematics to reveal the form in all, here on earth.

M:  Einstein’s equation has produced many modern devices which people consider magical.

P:  It is rational that math is the ultimate language that God gave humanity because He used it to create us and the universe.  We use language to talk about it.  We make things to help us understand form, heaven, god, etc.  Our imagination is hard at work.

M:  Yes do, you will.  It’s very simple a matter to express, but we need to make a commitment to learning about living in this manner.

P:  ‘not yet’, it will take tens and hundreds of generations before we will become one. We will become billions before any change will occur.

M:  But all this growth and progress leads to the proper use of impressions or forms and the use of humanities imagination.  We will learn how to use ‘The Good in Itself’.

P:  Perhaps, like Socrates we will learn to accept death like life.  We will practice what we preach.

 

[Socrates and Plato], Heaven on Earth

In this dialogue, the two philosophers talk about the real and the realm we call the universe.  And the imagined and the realm we call heaven.  We call each other humans here and souls there.  In reality we experience constant struggle and change.  In heaven we experience permanence and eternity.

Plato:  Why can’t humanity learn to understand and apply ‘The Good in Itself’?

Socrates:  Why, yes, it is just a matter of mindset.  ‘The Good in Itself’ would take a lifetime of study to learn and put into practice.  People would need to give up traditional concepts of family and friends for the illusion they really are.

P:  Socrates, you go too far, the people would revolt, if they heard you speak so.  You would be jailed and forced to drink hemlock by the eleven.

S:  Yes, I am afraid you are most accurate my friend.  But I stand by my statement.  The mindset would be one of a ‘not yet’.  This would allow the mindset to progress and grow into a better understanding of ‘The Good in Itself’.

P:  I’m afraid you would create a religion that would be hated by the establishment.

S:  Yes, many would die to produce this religion.  But again, it would be worth while if we could only prevent science from taking the upper hand.

P:  But you must see that science would win out in the end.  The world would be transformed into many amazing devices and many material goods.

S:  Yes, and everyone would exhaust the natural resources on this planet.  Then we would need to use better devices to leave this planet.

P:  I see where you are going you sly fox.  This is the only way to get to heaven.  We must learn about the universe.  We must become citizens of the universe.

S:  Yes, but to approach the end of the universe is the only way to know that heaven exists beyond all we can see and do.

P:  What am I to say to the clever ones?  They will want to figure out how it all works.

S:  Argue with them, let them form their own schools:  always preach peace.  Somewhere, in the future, we will met again.  And then, we will live in heaven.  Perhaps, we will find a way to come back here to better use and appreciate the world.

[Philosopher and Socrates], Death

In this dialogue, two philosophers talk about death.  Socrates about his wisdom to die the best he can.  And the philosopher, who echoes his teacher’s opinion with questions and thoughts on a genuine death.

Philosopher:  Ah, Socrates, you look forward to death?

Socrates:  Yes, I wish to shed my sinning flesh, so I may feel the spiritual with a truly pure heart.

P:  You shy from mortality?

S:  Not at all, it is out of my control.  I give my body freely to experience the ultimate freedom.  I don’t want to die, but it is the best death I can arrange for myself.

P:  But why does knowing when and how you die help?

S:  Hemlock is a tradition.  And agreeing with the Eleven brings me as close to my right time to die as I have ever been fortunate enough to see.  I don’t think I would plan a better death all by myself.

P:  Does this death of yours ring true?

S:  Yes, I believe it does.  Perhaps, others, ages and ages hence, will find fault with it.  But no truer death can I envision for myself.

P:  Alright, I am going to think about my own for a while.  I don’t believe my time will arrive:  not yet anyway!

S:  Farewell and think well about your death and all humanity, who shall join us soon.