Art and the philosophy of life

“You said yes, to Byron?” asked Raif.  “Why?”

“Maybe he can make Fairy a better place to live,” said Jasper.

“How?  And what’s wrong with it the way it is?”

“What’s wrong with it?  It’s not fair.”

“What is fair?  Here?  Where you live?  Don’t make me laugh.  That place is a thousand times worse than Fairy.”

“You’re right.”

“Really?” he asked, stunned.  “Can I have that in writing?”

“And maybe we can’t change anything in Fairy, but shouldn’t we try?”

“Give me an example of what you want to change,” said Raif, crossing his arms over his chest.

“I think fairies should stop switching children with humans.  It doesn’t work for the fairy or the human child.”

“Go on.”

“I don’t think Fairies should keep humans as pets and servants.”

“Why not?”

“Because it’s wrong to enslave people?”


“Because everyone is the same.”

“Really?  You think anyone will believe that? They have already staked out their claims.  The royalty, the elite, will never give up anything they have, you should know that. They want MORE of everything, not  less.  They don’t SHARE, in case you haven’t noticed, dear sister.  And they won’t stop swapping children either.  You know that as well.  Tradition is simply another word for doing what ever you want to do, no matter who it hurts, no matter how twisted and horrible t is.”

“Are you saying that there’s nothing we can do to make a difference?”

“Yes.  That’s exactly what I’m saying.  The underlings are brainwashed into accepting their lowly position.  They don’t even fight back.  They fight each other because it’s safer that way.  No one is storming the castle, in case you haven’t noticed.  The masters have taught the slaves to be satisfied with what they are given, with what they are allowed to have.  How will you reeducate them?  It’s been going on since the beginning.”

“Even if you are making sense, what’s happening is wrong,” said Jasper.

“Not to them, it isn’t.”

“It should be.”

“The fairies on top benefit from it.  They won’t give it up.  They don’t care about the people they use, or abuse.  The elite believe they deserve more than anyone else.  They think it’s their right to abuse others. They think they are special and can do whatever they wish.”

“They aren’t special.  They’re just like everyone else, as I said before, and it’s time someone told them that.”

“You don’t have a chance.  Not a single one.  They have all the power.  Don’t you get it?  They can do anything they want to do and there is nothing to stop them because they are the ones in charge and they convinced everyone else that they are in charge.  Thats what slavery is…making the slaves believe they belong where they are.  They people on the bottom accept that they belong there, giving their lives for the people who take everything from them.”

“That’s sick.”

“I know.”

“I hate it when you make sense.”

“Where’s Fluff?”

“Still sleeping it off.”

“I have an idea.”

“Ah, the first one ever?”

“Don’t be mean, sister of mine.  Instead of going after the rich, try to improve conditions for the poor.  Work toward changing things for the slaves, for the glamoured humans.  Start from there and you might be able to make a difference, if you work from the bottom up.”

“All these years I’ve waited for you to say something intelligent and now it’s happened.  What’s next?”

“I’ve been saving myself for this very moment.”

“Are you in love with Aie?”

He shrugged.  “I don’t even know what that means.”

“Neither do I,” said Jasper.  “At least not that kind of love.”




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