THUS SPOKE FRED: A Parable and a Lamentation (Chapter 18)

A PARABLE     (Will and Wisdom)

A young man traveling with the exodus became separated from his family. He followed their footprints in the earth until a sandstorm obliterated them forever. The young man had no path to follow and no people to set the example. He was lost but continued to have hope.

On the sixth day of his wanderings he came to an insurmountable cliff. He sat there, beaten, while the sun disappeared behind a large dune. As the purple-red twilight turned to darkness his concern turned to fear. Alone, except for the stars, he prayed for God to give him the strength to surmount the cliff.

Suddenly, from nowhere, a flame appeared. From within this flame a voice spoke. “Physical strength you have my son. Tho, with each hour of darkness, your mental strength weakens.”

The young man prayed all night for the mental will and wisdom to reach the top of the cliff.

In the light of the early morning hours the young man searched back and forth along the base of the endless precipice. As the light became brighter he noticed a small niche that rose all the way to the cliff-top. His gaunt body would fit into this niche. He forced himself into the niche of this palisade and slowly moved upward. First his arms, then his chest, then his legs. Inch by inch with perseverance and patience he worked his way upward.

Upon reaching the top he found recent footprints of his lost people and rejoined them.

They became his disciples.

A LAMENTATION     (Fear and Angst)

A young man traveling with the exodus was separated from his family. He followed their footprints in the earth until a sandstorm obliterated the slight depressions. The man had no path to follow and no people to set the example. He cried out to the world and anyone who could listen “GOD, why me?”

On the fifth day of his wanderings he lay down in the blistering sun and gave up all hope. In the early morning coolness of the sixth day he regained some strength and took up his search once more. He came to an insurmountable cliff. He sat there, beaten, while the sun disappeared behind a large dune. As the twilight turned to darkness his concern turned to fear. Alone, in the darkness, he wept and gnashed his teeth.

Suddenly, from nowhere, a flame appeared. From within this flame a voice spoke. “Physical strength you have my son. Tho, with each hour of darkness, your will weakens.”

The young man heard the voice from within but chose to lay there weeping. He took the voice as a sign of doom. With fear and angst he bashed his head against the cliff until the blood flowed down his face. He fell asleep exhausted.

In the light of the early morning hours the young man traveled along the base of the precipice searching, with little hope but much fear, for his lost people. As the light became brighter he noticed a small niche in the cliff. His gaunt body may fit into this niche.

He made a halfhearted attempt to force his body into the niche. He gave up and died.

END OF PARABLE AND LAMENTATION

“If man cannot find his own niche, then maybe he should not direct others!”

Thus spoke Fred,         to himself,       once again.

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About Waldo "Wally" Tomosky

I am proud of my work life (not the jobs, just the work).  Bait monger  Lawn mower  Paper boy  Windshield cleaner in a drive-in theater (if you don't know what a drive-in theater is there is no sense in you reading any farther)  Snack shack janitor in a drive in theater (ditto for drive-in theater)  Milling machine clean-up boy in a tool and die shop  Plastic injection press operator  Centurion in the US Army  Factory hand  Apprentice boy  Tool and die maker  Software user manual writer  Computer programmer  Ex-patriate par excellence  Engineering manager  Software test manager  Retiree  University administrator  System analyst  Retiree (2nd try)  Licensed amateur paleontologist  Retiree (3rd try)  Shovel bum (archaeology)  Retiree (4th try)  Delivery driver  Retiree (5th try)  Graduate student (skipped AA and BA due to the level of difficulty)  Retiree (finally got the drift of it) I have been writing for fourteen years and have fifteen books on Amazon/Kindle. Some horror, some twisted, some experimental, some essay and a few historical. I think that now I will really, really, really retire and just write. Lets see if I can do retirement correctly this time!
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