Monday, December 07, 2009

Societal Laws, No; Relational Respect, Yes

Overheard from the lips of John Brown:

. . . The fingers do all of the work, but they are directed and coordinated by the hand. Even so, the hand is led by the wrist, the wrist by the elbow, and the elbow by the shoulder. So it does no good for the fingers to be angry at the hand for where they end up, for it is the shoulder that put them there. If the hand has arthritis the fingers may curl in response, but is not possible for them to cut off the hand and attach themselves directly to the shoulder; that would be even worse than arthritis and is not the way the arm is made to work. If the parts of the arm cannot learn to work together in their proper roles, the arm will not be able to function. Some of the fingers forgot their function and needed the shoulder to remind them. Yes, the shoulder seems to have an injury right now, but it is a strong, athletic shoulder and will heal with time. While the shoulder is injured the entire arm will be hampered, but the arm remains the arm, the elbow the elbow, the hand the hand while that healing occurs. They will see that now. . . .

6 comments:

Aerin said...

that...is the most singularly Lawful thing I think I've ever read :P Neat metaphor! Though if the injury to the shoulder takes too long to heal, the arm, wrist, and fingers will all begin to atrophy!

Degolar said...

Thanks. Trying to have him translate into naturalistic terms that would make sense to him.

His culture though very community-focused and much less individualistic, was also more loosely and organically structured. The only thing he's known of any other culture is 5 years on two different ships, which are highly structured and strictly organized societies. The experience is so foreign to what he knew before that he can't imagine it functioning any other way and assumes all . . . white/western . . . culture works the same.

Lummox said...

You forgot the most important part! The penis. It get's left out when anything gets hurt.

nityrou - how tigger wishes his young kangaroo pal a pleasant night's sleep.

Aerin said...

Wait, so when I stub my toe I'm supposed to take my penis out?

Lummox said...

Duh!

mormedle - what they do when you don't take their literature.

Nathan McKinney said...

50 xp