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Alien Wisdom

by Jason Davis

"I eat rocks" was the first thing that the alien said. Later, over limestone and shale, it told us that it didn't know what we meant by "love," and when we explained the term, it replied off-handedly that the whole thing seemed contrived and put upon, an affectation that did no one any good. It said the same thing about God. It told us that it was only being honest, and, whale-sized bone-plated jaws crunching away, whistling its speech through what I can only guess was a nose, it said that we, as a species, were just lying to ourselves, brainwashing each other to believe that there was some bigger meaning hovering over us in the dark. We asked it, hands in our pockets, what then, was the point, what was the meaning of existence, the real reason for getting up in the morning, for breathing, for living, for talking to it right now, if not a hope for something transcendent. It sat there for a while, apparently mulling things over, a spray of eyes the color of rusting iron peering without focus from the stalk on the top of its head, and then it said "I eat rocks."

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Jason Davis, author of Sky Lighting, currently lives on the Tibetan plateau, where he spends his days studying the habits and behaviors of small nonmigratory birds. For reals. His warmth comes only from the friction of pencil on paper, and so he writes an awful lot. He is also a contributing member of The Drinklings and of The Story Game.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Outstanding....loved every word. Using an alien is a good parallel to my favorite source of unaffected wisdom, the point of view of children.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this piece. LOVE it.

Camilla said...

Very clever, Mr. Davis. You're one to watch.

Dan Kaschel said...

This is awesome. Good work.

Madam Z said...

Darn! I hate being one of the later commenters. Those guys said all the good stuff. I agree with them 100%. Jason, YOU ROCK!

GM said...

Great piece! It's straight out of Vonnegut, using humorous situations to comment on the philosophies of mankind. Love it!

Jp said...

I hate I missed this when it came through, but fortunately I got to read it ahead of time. Still awesome. Really, truly awesome.