14 May 2006


A Short History of Waves

Year 1: We raise our hands in fear of being eaten by wild beasts. Year 10: The beasts are tamed. They lie down whenever we spread our hands. Year 100: We observe sea water and imitate its motion by undulating our hands. Year 1,000: We sit in vehicles in parades and rock our arms like metronomes. Year 10,000: Arthritis arrives. We hold our hands flat, supported by our other hand. Year 100,000: We meet our ancestors returning from the dead and are too shocked to wave. Year 1,000,000: Our hands curl into permanent fists. We recall the lapping of water.


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