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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: Gelatinous Thoughts
By Philip Barnes


It was definitely something worth thinking about. On some level deep inside a light object, which looked not entirely unlike a gelatinous mold of an oil filter, there was a mystery, a conundrum that caused him pause. A dark object, which at the moment only resembled the light object in size, electrical charge, smell, and texture, had for some time challenged the notion that the light object could grow, or should grow, or would grow if it could and should.

Indeed, he had spent a significant amount of energy in an attempt to convince the light object that it was mutually beneficial for the light object to actually shrink. He reasoned if the light object were measured and calibrated and discovered to have so much good per square inch, then reducing its height, length, and width by half would have the staggering effect of increasing the good per square inch by eight times. Besides, less is more, the dark object contended. And since less is more the dark object gladly volunteered to help the light object become voluminously less but potently more.

This was not what the light object was thinking about at the moment. The light object, being well acquainted with the geometrical relationship between surface area and volume in a three-dimensional object, dismissed mathematical reasoning as it relates to the esoteric argument of the potency of good contained within a gelatinous object.

The dark object, rarely deterred by small set backs, renewed its attempts to dispirit the white object. The juxtaposition of light and dark, good and bad, contended the dark object, were as normal as the union of peanut butter and jelly, itself a gelatinous compound usually of red or purple hue containing more fruit but less cognitive abilities. The yin and yang of the universe demands the existence of bad to validate the presupposition of something good. How could an impartial observer ascertain the light object’s inherent good without a co-equal bad with which to compare?

Again, this was not what the light object was thinking about. The light object, reasoning as it did that the existence of bad wholly depended on a fragmentation of virtuosity not vise-a-versa, believed a union of good and bad was less like that of peanut butter and jelly and more like the union of fluffernutter and antifluffernutter, the incoherency of which staggers the thoughts of even the most brilliant cosmological philosophers.

The light object, having become increasingly more concerned for the well being of the dark object, had begun to find the deficiencies in logic and understanding of the dark object disturbing. In an attempt to facilitate the dark objects maturation the light object took a portion of its gelatinous self and heaped it in a pile on top of the dark object. The result was a blood curdling silence, an unfortunate side effect of gelatinous objects have no capacity to make noise. The pile of the light object on top of the dark object was obviously producing an unexpectedly uncomfortable situation for the dark object. Additionally, the dark object was shrinking, or the light object was growing, or quite probably both the dark object was shrinking and the light object growing.

It was this incident that had the light object thinking to itself. Was it good for a good object to heap good upon a bad object if that good heap created an effect that the bad object would consider bad but in the end removed the bad and created good?

Both wiggled.

The light object thought.

Both wiggled.

They wiggled some more.

Eventually the light object stopped thinking. It wiggled some more. And finally the light object dropped an even larger pile on top of the dark. The light object wiggled, but the dark object could not be found.

“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:20-21 (NASB)

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Joanne Sher 05/14/09
Great title - and very deep. I feel like I need to read this again, slowly, to hope to "get it." Will be back when I'm not about to start dinner. :)
Emily Gibson05/17/09
Let's see--the brain is gelatinous--but mine isn't quite wrapped around this essay yet. Can't wait for the cliff notes on this one...
Catrina Bradley 05/19/09
This is obviously an allegory, and I thought I knew what I was reading about until I got to the part where the light overcame the dark against its will. That's definitely not Christ's way, so now I'm not entirely sure what you're talking about. It did make me think really hard, which is good. :) I'm sure I'll think about this some more as I'm trying to go to sleep tonight.