Art and the philosophy of life

Morning Star…8 Finis

“Thank you for the raise, but I haven’t actually done anything to earn the money.”

“You have been an interesting and intelligent assistant and companion, thus far.”

“People don’t really use the word ‘thus,’ very much, but I know what you mean.  I think you’re the interesting and intelligent too, by the way, but then you’re older than I am.”

Lucifer laughed out loud.  “Yes, I’m definitely older than you are.”

“The world’s a mess,” said Zip.

“Yes and no,” said Lucifer.  “Yes, humans have made a mess of one of the most beautiful and fruitful places in the universe, but no, because after you’re gone, the earth will heal itself and you will be forgotten.”

“That’s good.  I hope the animals stay alive.”

“Some might, for awhile, at least.”

“Do you think we would have gotten along with dinosaurs?”

“Absolutely not.”

“Because some of them would have eaten us?”

“No, because you would have made their lives miserable.  It doesn’t take many of you to disrupt the balance of other beings.”

“You’re going to leave soon, aren’t you?” asked Zip, softly.

“I’m not sure.  I go where I’m needed.”

“What if I need you?”

Lucifer turned a smile into a cough and Zip handed him a cough drop that she pulled out of her pocket.

“Just pick the lint off of it.  It’s still good.”

“Thank you,” he said, popping the red drop into his mouth.  “Ah, cherry.  My favorite.”

“Mine too.  But what if I want you to stay?”

“Are you lonely?”

“No.  It’s just that I have so many questions and you’re the only one with answers.  Besides, I like you.”

“I like you too but shouldn’t you be spending time with people your own age?”

“I tried that and it didn’t work out.  We don’t like the same things.”

“I see.”

“Life’s not fair.”

“No, it’s not.”

“Why not?”

“Well, that’s just the way it is on this…planet.  You come her to experience the things that exist in this place.”

“That’s stupid.  People get hurt and suffer here.  Why?  What’s the point?  And no, what doesn’t kill you doesn’t make you stronger, it just makes you die more slowly and with more pain.  And why can’t we ever KNOW ANYTHING?”

“You know lots of things.”

“Don’t play me, Lucifer.  Please.  I know you know what I mean.”

“You’re right.  I’m sorry.  Please forgive me.”

“I forgive you but I want answers.”

“If I tell you things, it will change the game.”

“I DON’T CARE. I don’t like it here because we are kept in the dark and treated like children.  That infuriates me.”

“I can’t help you,” he said.  “You can’t know the things you want to know.”

“I thought you were here to help people.”

“I am.”

“No, you’re not.  You’re just like everyone else.  You don’t give people what THEY want, you give them what YOU want them to have,” said Zip.  “You’re just one more disappointment,” she said, walking away, dropping seven wrinkled dollar bills and two quarters, on the sidewalk.



Comments on: "Morning Star…8 Finis" (8)

  1. If you must ask someone to give you something then yes you have given them the right to give you what they want you to have.

    • Children want answers and adults control the information they get. If you want to help someone and they tell you exactly what they want and need, and you give them what you think they should have you take away their right to decide for themselves. It’s like the government deciding things for us when, in reality, they are deciding for themselves. They treat us like children and refuse to be honest, instead controlling the information we are ALLOWED to have. That’s always wrong, at least to me. Zip was right to walk away. She should always walk away from people who refuse to tell her what she want’s to know. Always.

      • I agree if what she wants to know will help her live a more productive life and make better life choices. As a child adults answer the question when they feel the child can handle the answers. As an adult we are responsible for seeking information not looking to someone else to give it to us. If we actively seek information we will find the truth. If instead we wait to have those in “authority” give us information then we are acting like children and are being treated like such.

  2. No one actually knows what information will help a person live a more productive life. If we seek information we can’t always find the truth because it is often hidden from us on purpose, kept from us for the good of the people holding the information. When I was teaching a class I walked in and asked the kids what THEY wanted to know and that’s what we worked on. No one asks kids what THEY want to know… they just tell them what they want them to let them know. Huge mistake in education unless you want a society made up of sheep. It’s called conditioning and brainwashing. The kids I taught were worried about AIDS, not about who won the last patriarchal bloody war. They were worried about real things that affected their lives, things no one wanted to tell them about. They wanted answers because they were afraid and curious. Books are kept from them as well. What we do is push people to seek out information that is often incorrect and those findings became their truth. Information should not be held hostage. All that does is make people never trust anyone. And rightly so. Secrets and lies…power over others. Information really is power, that’s why people keep it for themselves. It’s a way to manipulate others and take away their personal power and freedom.

  3. i taught and still teach my students both youth and adult to seek, research and dig until they have answer to their question. That ability will make it possible to be informed and to know the quality of the information. That way they never have to rely on one person or one source for information. Nor do my students expect anyone to hand them info not even me. If I do give them information I expect them to research and seek to verify the legitimacy of my information not just take my word for it. That way no one can ever hold information hostage from them. They have all the skills necessary to become informed about any subject they are interested in. I agree information is power it is why learning to acquire it is more important to me than having someone hand it out. Because it is power I tend to be suspect when it is freely given. But that’s just me and my way of doing things.

    • We definitely all have our own way of seeing the world and doing our thing. No doubt about it. I was reading a book this afternoon and started laughing because the author, Andrea Dworkin, said it much better than I did. “What I learned was simple and eventually evolved into my own pedagogy: listen to what adults refuse to say; find the answers they won’t give; note the manipulative ways they have to using authority to cut the child or student or teenager off at the knees; notice their immoral, sneaky reliance on peer pressure to shut up a questioner….”

      I agree, no one should ever rely on a single source, for info. But, when asked a question, I believe an honest answer should be given. I had kids stop me in the hall and thank me for teaching them, “something I can actually use in real life.” I was working with tough kids, in a locked classroom. They were angels and truly brilliant. The only reason they were treated the way they were, was because of their intelligence, their never ending need for answers to questions, and an aversion to following the rules. Many of them had full-time jobs and were trying to help their families and watched their siblings. They were grown up and yet they were treated like children. Not a good thing for anyone. I was perfect for them because those are the traits I have myself. I believe that rules are made for the benefit of those who make the rules. 🙂 But again, we’re all different and we don’t see things the same way. That’s what can sometimes make life interesting.

      I just saw a video of a valedictorian telling her class how ridiculous school was, and that they had to do ridiculous things to get a piece of paper and now they’ll have to go on doing the same thing to get another piece of paper. If I can I can find it, I’ll post it. More and more people, adults and students alike can see that education is failing them.

  4. Thank you as well. It was definitely interesting. Very enjoyable.

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