Thought

Run mountain boy run! From the snakes that slither slither, finding you wherever it is that you run! So run! Run!

The mountain boy makes it to the peak of a mountain, there is no escape. The clouds part and divine judgment shines upon him. He kneels and prays to the heavens above and the hells below. He speaks, “Such that I may be free!”

His prayer is answered. The snakes melt as they slither up his legs, turning into dust. The boy stands up, his demeanor tense. He kneels reverently on the ground again, he bows.

The next day he leaves his lonely cave and see the rays of heaven shining upon him again. He quickly looks around to survey for snakes, and upon seeing none, does not bow. He walks to the pond, gets naked, and bathes. He relaxes into the water and upon touching the slimy bottom of the pond, reflexively pulls out, thinking about snakes touching his feet as they did yesterday.

He stands for a moment to collect his bearings. He looks at the trees. He looks at the water. He looks at the sky, and there is that shining light. He hesitates, then kneels, and bows.

He walks into the water, but this time, it is warm. He scratches his head, not expecting warmth where the water was once cold. “Curse this water!” he says. And as soon as he does, the world turns to gray and the divine light shines again to judge.

The mountain boy runs as far as he can, in fear of this light. He reaches his cave. Panting and out of breath, he sits and notices that there are snakes! He runs.

Run mountain boy run! From the snakes that slither slither, finding you wherever it is that you run! So run! Run!

The mountain boy makes it to the peak of a mountain…

On the 49th time, the boy begins to think. His forehead creases, he concentrates. He wills himself… to remember. He remembers. First the snakes, then the praying, then the cave, no kneeling, water, kneeling, running, running….

I will stop running! The boy stands still in absolute confidence, as the snakes slither and proceed to bite him, to death.

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