Once upon a time there was a small community of turtles. They had existed relatively peacefully over the years, surrounded by various other communities of various other animals. Sometimes there had been some interactions between communities, of different levels. Although on the surface the reasons for such interactions were humanitarian, the underlying reason was always the same.
Competition for resources.
They would always meet under the pretense of exploring the outlying regions, which neither of the communities had the ability to do alone, and they were always worried about what they would discover. On the one hand, they worried that they would discover a magnificent resource, which would lead to ultimate war and destruction.
On the other hand, they were worried that they would discover something much greater than they were, something that would think they were a mere resource, to be used and discarded. And of course that would also lead to the ultimate destruction of them all.
Either way they ventured out into the unknown each time with a great deal of trepidation. And each time they returned empty handed. Until this time.
This time they found something so incredibly powerful they couldn’t help but to question their own existence. They couldnâ€™t help but to question the reason for their small communities on the bottom of the ocean.
The other day I was eating a tuna fish sandwich, when suddenly I realized I had forgotten to set the timer on the washing machine. I don’t usually do that, which is strange because I don’t even have a washing machine, let alone a timer. And sometime when I forget to do things that I don’t normally remember how I was wondering about this, it kind of makes me step back and think about the reason for all of this.
Anyways, back to our story.
So they found this magnificent resource, and instead of fighting for, they decided to see if they could share it. And they tried valiantly for thousands of years before they realized that it was just no use at all. And that’s when they came to the startling revelation that they didnâ€™t really need to get along, and that by warring over resources, they were actually improving their species.
Which of course leads to another point about this story.
Turtles almost never forget. Which is why they will someday rule the world.