The Sickness

SIZZLE 1
1. Pain eats at the earth.
2. Natural weak spots collapse under the pain.
3. This forms a razor-edged chasm.
4. Pain pours into the chasm.
5. Pain reaches the molten core of the earth.
6. Sizzle.
7. The pits convert pain to thermodynamic energy.
8. They also eat suffering.

ECOSYSTEM 1
1. The ecosystem requires pain pits.
2. Otherwise, the animals wouldn’t be able to live with themselves.
3. They kill and eat one another, you know.

SIZZLE 2
1. Og suffers.
2. Ba suffers.
3. Og and Ba go to the pain pits.
4. Sizzle.
5. Now Og and Ba are happy.

THE SICKNESS 1
1. People forget.
2. It happens.
3. People forget the glasses on their heads.
4. People forget the pencil behind their ear.
5. People forget basic physics.
6. People forget to be people.
7. It happens.
8. People forget.

TIME PASSES
1. Minutes pass.
2. Then years.
3. Then centuries.

BUDDHA 1
1. Buddha achieves enlightenment.
2. “Dukkha,” Buddha says.
3. “Yes?” Dukkha answers.
4. “No,” Buddha explains. “I was more in the way of stating a universal truth.”
5. “Ah,” Dukkha says.
6. They laugh and laugh.
7. Then they fight!

BUDDHA 2
1. Ananda asks Buddha, “What is dukkha?”
2. “We cannot rid ourselves of suffering,” Buddha says.
3. “We are chained to the world by our ignorance and desire.”
4. “To live is to suffer.”
5. “Freedom is death.”
6. “This is enlightenment.”
7. “Oh,” Ananda says.
8. He sounds disappointed.
9. He was hoping it was some sort of superpower.

JESUS 1
1. Jesus is born.
2. He sees a world of pain.
3. He shoulders that pain.
4. He finds an answer.
5. He takes it onto himself.
6. He dies in agony.

JESUS 2
1. A thief asks Jesus, “Why?”
2. “I will suffer,” Jesus says,
3. “Or they will suffer.”
4. “I chose myself.”

THE MONSTER 1
1. The monster would say,
2. “That’s a stupid decision.”
3. Then he’d adjust his tie.
4. The monster laughs at God.

THE SICKNESS 2
1. Somewhere along the way, people forgot.
2. So now they deny the pain.
3. Or they endure it.
4. Or they take it on themselves.
5. Or they put it on others.
6. And they’ve never heard of the pain pits.
7. And the pain pits are lonely.

RICHARD THORNTON 1
1. Richard Thornton hikes through the woods.
2. The ground gives way.
3. He rolls down cliffs like razors.
4. He catches himself on a ledge.
5. “Ow,” he says.
6. But it doesn’t hurt.

JANET MAYSEN 1
1. Janet Maysen walks through the city.
2. The street gives way.
3. She falls down cliffs like razors.
4. She plunges into the core of the earth.
5. “This should hurt,” she says.
6. But it doesn’t.

THE SICKNESS 3
1. “But isn’t it wrong?” says Janet Maysen.
2. “Isn’t it wrong?” asks Richard Thornton.
3. “I mean,” they say,
4. “There’s so much wrong in the world.”
5. “Shouldn’t someone have to hurt?”

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