Discovered this rather charming fable on Mando's Transformation. Have nicked it - the blogosphere is not yet copyright, mercifully - for your edification. Though with credits going to the man himself, natch.
"Before man ever walked the earth virtues and vices lived in harmony, traveling the world together, feeling very bored, with nothing to do but wander around.One day creativity came up with an idea.They should all play a game to pass the time.He decided to call it "Hide and Seek"Everyone else loved the idea, and so they started to play. Insanity screamed "I wanna start, I wanna start, I wanna start"
And so it started, she closed her eyes and started counting."You should all go hide now" said Insanity, as she leaned with her elbows on a tree."One, two, three..."And so one by one, they started finding places to hide in.Kindness hid herself behind the moon.Betrayal jumped in the middle of a pile of rubbish.Passion went deep into the caves of the earth.Deceit yelled out loud "I'm gonna hide behind this rock" then jumped into a lake.And all that time, Insanity was still counting, "Seventy nine, eighty, eighty one…"
By that time almost all of them had found a spot to hide, all except love.He wasn't much of a decision maker, and so he couldn't really figure out where to hide. It wasn't very surprising, as we all know how hard it is to hide love.Insanity kept going on "Ninety five, ninety six...""One hundred !"As soon as he heard it, he jumped into the nearest rosebush hoping not to be found. Insanity opened her eyes, "Ready or not, here I come".
Laziness was the first to be found, because she didn’t put any effort in hiding herself.Next was kindness, peeking from behind the moon.Deceit came out from the bottom of the lake, all blue and out of breath after a while.Being pissed off about getting caught like that, he pointed out passion's hiding spot.Insanity found them all, one after the other, one by one…All except love… She almost lost hope, when envy whispered in her ear "He's hiding in that rosebush over there"
So she went there and picked a wooden branch from the bush.And started stabbing the bush wildly and frantically, hoping to finally find love. She didn’t stop until she suddenly heard a very sad crying voice coming from inside.Love came out, his hands over his eyes all drenched and dripping blood. Insanity cried " Oh, what have I done, what can I do to fix this horrible mistake, after I made you lose your sight"
Love said "There is nothing you can do to help me regain my sight, but there is something else that you can do" "What is it, whatever it is I'll do it" said insanity."Be my guide, show me the way for I am now blind" Said love. And so it was, ever since that day … Blind love wandering around, guided by insanity.