The Way Things had Always Been

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Stop the thief! Stop the thief! Ragon reacted fast. He lifted his spear, jumped over the wagon between him and the market stairs. In mid air he stabbed the thief in the throat. She fell dead to the ground.

Ragon was a soldier. He protected law and order in the city. His job was mostly to kill people. People who murdered or raped. People who stole. People who kissed in public. Sometimes he did a mistake, but that was just the way things were, the way they had always been. No one questioned it. No one objected.

Marakara came running. Thank you soldier, he said. Thank you! He got the apples out of the dead thief’s hand. He could have bought new apples and it was uncomfortable to see the dead body on the ground, but the law was the law. Things were as they always had been. There was no other way. He never questioned it. He never objected.

One day a stranger came to town. A man from rocky mountains far away. His name was Tornag. He questioned. He spoke with words put together in ways no one had ever heard. Arguments no one could deny. Reason. People listened, started questioning themselves. Soon they objected.

Then things started to change.

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23 thoughts on “The Way Things had Always Been

  1. Reason? Whodda thought that could change things? Why did it never fully take hold? I mean. look at our political world today! Religion still reigns supreme!! LOL! Nice post! (BTW, brand new hallucinogenic post up! Swing by!)

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  2. In the Christian New Testament, Book of Acts 14:8-18, it is told that the Apostles Paul and Barnabas were mistaken as gods by the people of Lystra because the Apostles had performed a miracle. Paul had to give them a quick education in “Judaism and Monotheism 101” to convince the people not to worship them.

    Your story reminds me of that incident, since the people of Lystra were totally locked into their polytheism that it was difficult to interpret events around them by any other paradigm.

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  3. Many thanks for the follow, reciprocated…

    There are many cultures in our world
    Many I have never understood
    But to kill based on trivialities
    Especially the not trivial act
    Of publically expressing love
    A kiss, to some is just a hello
    To some it can mean much more
    But a cheerful peck in public
    Should not be against the law
    An expression of love or friendship
    Is what this world needs and more
    The way things had been
    Is that inferring change,
    I really hope, with goodwill, implore.

    I really don’t mean to offend
    Its just my thoughts expressed
    Like you, I’m sure, for our world
    We only want what is best.

    Best wishes, take care,

    Mick

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    • Thanks! This comment is a poem 🙂 The idea of the story is that often people think that because things is one way, it’s how it should be, even when there’s really no other reason for it to stay that way. I’m a great believer in trying to find the best universal solutions so everyone can be OK, and to me it seems the fear of change is one of the biggest obstacles we have. And the best way of fighting for a better world is through rational debate and argumentation… and art;). Glad to have you on board:)

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