TITLE: A Spider Speeks May 31, 2013
By Yolanda Payne
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A spider looked into a mirror and did not like what he saw. Withering legs, fading color and a crumbling web were reminders he was getting old. His allotted time on earth would soon be over. Unlike the humans around him, the spider looked forward to death. Death would be a release from the weights of life, such as the constant and ever present danger of being assaulted by life and the never ending search for food. Would life have been better if he had been born a human, he wondered. He was only a spider. He had often listened with dismay as humans voiced their hatred of him and as they questioned the why of his existence. The spider thought: humans would be shocked if they discovered he often questioned the why of their existence”.
The humans he encountered often voiced their dissatisfaction with their existence. One had killed himself. A spider would never do that. If only he could communicate with humans. He would ask them “what are you looking for?” It was better to be a spider than a human. At least because he was a spider no one would ever attempt to make him god and demand more than he would give.
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