12 April 2007

Of Rabbits and Men

If people are rabbits, then God is like Farmer John, and angels are like his servants. Demons are, well, like former employees who got fired for negligence and now have have some kind of vendetta against the rabbits. . .cause they're not doing much against the current employees.

To the rabbits, Farmer John's ways are mysterious. He has strange powers and laws, yet has the best interest of the little furry folk in mind.

One day, Farmer John planted a garden with lettuce, radishes, turnips, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, and corn. He told the two occupants, Nimrophel and Seladorn (Nin and Sally in the vernacular) to take care of the garden-make sure all the insects were crushed and keep all the other animals out. This wasn't hard as a large fence surrounded the garden and the farm workers shot any wild creatures, or elil in rabbit-speech (a noble tongue long since forgotten.)

In the center of the garden, John planted a grape vine and told the 2 rabbits to never eat the grapes because they were for his servants. As the garden was the only place with the proper soil, he hadn't much choice in the matter. Besides, if his former employees got hold of the grapes, it would be only a matter of time before they'd be producing a hybrid variety that was somewhat poisonous and bitter-tasting.

John came out at times to talk with Nin and Sally about herbs and their ways, care of paws, and other rabbit things. He also had the strange custom of patting their furry little heads. Neither Nin, nor Sally could make heads or tails of this strange behavior and discussed it to no end. In fact, one of their descendants wrote a book about head patting and made a religion about it called Pattingheadism, since he thought it caused him enlightenment.

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