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by Fabrice Schomberg

Before we got here animals were technologically sophisticated.

  They wore garments, harvested the land and communicated across vast distances with the aid of certain apparatus.

  However these advancements all came at a price, for the garments they wore were bought and sold for cash, the crops they grew held a monetary value, and a fee was charged for each communication they made.

  One day, a bird of a certain kind had had enough of paying all these charges, so he took off his shoes and walked barefoot. Straightaway his balance improved and as a consequence his back no longer ached. He realised that this was, in fact, much better for his health. He decided to take this even further. The bird announced that he did not want to pay for food and would now eat directly from the trees as the fruit was fresher, tastier and healthier. Then, instead of using technology to communicate, he just told one animal to tell another animal what he was doing and this way the story got around by word of mouth.

  It was not long before all animals rejected technology, took off their shoes, shed their garments and let the land lie fallow

until we came here.

edited by Janet Cartlidge, copyright © 2011 Fabrice Schomberg

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