ANIMAL ATHLETICS by Samwise Bateman
Samwise Bateman bates with impact. That’s the only way to bate. If anybody is going to bate they are going to do it right. Impact reaches the reader. Caps Lock with bold is a bold look. Obviously Samwise is in charge of this thing. He is taking it places. From space to the Earth Samwise is breaking the satellite down in the old school style, through constant friction through the Earth’s atmosphere. Oh gravity, is there anything it doesn’t slowly destroy? Clearly there isn’t.
Intimacy washes over Samwise like hot text. Dialogue becomes dirty, positively obscene. There’s one thing Samwise refuses to corrupt. Everything else is corruptible. Minds are made for corruption. Without minds there is no need for corruption. Jellyfish are the most ethical creatures because they are literally brainless. Poor humans they have too much to take care of and not enough time to do it. Samwise knows what needs to be taken care of: his teeth. Flossing is important. Keeping teeth clean is good for when one ends up in a knife fight. People in knife fights expect knives but imagine biting somebody in a knife fight. Game over.
Death is a metaphor for not being alive. When somebody is dead they typically stay dead. Rare circumstances arise where a person never dies. In America corporations are people. They don’t die. That seems cool / terrifying depending on the person’s perspective. Legal personhood is a worrisome attribute to imbue on any non-living organization. Perhaps in the future people will be together in never dying organisms, large teeming things where the dead cells are carried away to bring in new life. Cities are organisms of humanity. People who live in rural communities see the same thing. With cities though it happens so quickly it is beautiful. There’s beauty in the sheer amount of maintenance required.
Of course this idea of a living organism goes beyond geography. People are smart. People realized early that there needed to be new towers of babel to construct. Geography made that easy. Languages left to their own devices. With new devices languages cannot be left alone. New communities form without the need for geography. What’s more the people don’t even need to meet to know each other. They can see each other from far away, know them perfectly well, and never meet.
Labyrinths are all over the world. Communities created online know nothing of geography. Yet the limits continue being enforced in the physical sense while removed in the virtual sense. Someday everyone will be more together than they could have ever thought.