in the Realms of Spirit

Once upon a time, there were stories to tell and tales to spin, but no one around to listen to them. So the Great Storyteller in the Sky created some ears. Ears could listen, of course, but they were incapable of reacting in a manner pleasing to the Great Storyteller in the Sky. Which led him/her to create yet another feature. No, not the mouth, but the diaphragm. He/she gave the gift of breath so the listener might be able to respond with a more complete response, whether it be the sharp intake, the repeated short exhale—as in giggling—or the horror-struck, long-held breath that—sorry to tell—seems the one humans are often all too fond of and make, some of them, into a lifelong habit. Now, the reason for telling you all this is as follows: the Great Storyteller in the Sky became bored after a while with these Breathing Ear Listeners, and he/she—henceforth referred to as he for the sake of brevity…

LILLY: That’s what they all say. One more letter and it’s “she” for the same reasons of simplicity and elegance.

GOLYGA: Finally, an acknowledgement. All right then, it’s “she.”

…decided that what she really wanted in the way of listeners was a greatly complex being capable of the maximum number of—and the subtlest possible—responses to any given tale she chose to tell, and so were created what are now known as the Human Beings. And to make sure the attention of these human beings—humans for short—would not be flagging at any time whatsoever, she made them into the characters in her stories. In other words, they became the active participants, so they couldn’t very well decide to take a break or an intermission and be back for the next part of the stories and tales told by the Great Storyteller in the Sky. And whether or not they enjoyed the stories and tales was decidedly up to them—to their enthusiasm in participating, their dedication to playing their part well and with conviction, and, above all, their capacity for enjoyment.

GOLYGA: What do you think, Lilly dear?

LILLY: I love it. More, more.

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