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The Story Of This and That

Updated on January 21, 2017

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, perhaps as long ago as the beginning of time, all there was, was IT. IT was everything. IT was everywhere. There was nothing else except IT. All there was, was IT.

After eons of time, IT got lonely. IT got bored. IT decided IT wanted a companion, a friend, a partner, a mate. IT didn't want a friend beneath or above itself. IT did not want a companion more or less powerful than itself. IT wanted an equal. IT did not want to be subservient or dominant, to rule or be ruled.

IT also did not want a partner or friend like itself. That would only add to IT's boredom. IT wanted a companion or mate equal and yet different. IT decided to divide itself exactly in half, making one half different than the other. This was the beginning of THIS & THAT.

At first, THIS & THAT existed happily. No more loneliness, no more boredom. Then, after eons of time THIS & THAT found themselves disagreeing. Arguing more and more about differences, which could never be resolved because of their equality. THIS was just as adamant as THAT about their different perspectives. Neither one was ever able to concede. The arguing became more and more violent. THIS & THAT soon realized that if the violence continued escalating, there was a good chance they would end up going to war. Such a war could destroy one or the other or possibly both.

In fear that they would destroy each other and there would only be the dreaded NOTHING left, THIS & THAT found an isolated spot on the very fringe of everything.

A spot so remote, they hoped it to be a safe place to leave a little piece of THIS and a little piece of THAT. A place so remote that hopefully they would survive the total destruction of everything, should that happen. The plan was that whoever won the war, would return to the isolated spot, reclaim it’s little piece, and destroy what was left of the other leaving only IT once again. THIS or THAT had no idea what would happen if either of them never returned.

THIS or THAT never did return. The war did come and because of their equality, with one big bang, THIS & THAT simultaneously, totally destroyed each other.

In the end there was nothing left except for a little speck of THIS and a little speck of THAT, left alone on the fringe of nothingness. After eons of time the strangest thing happened. Under the influences of the isolated spot’s atmospheric conditions, consisting of fire, air, earth and water, the little pieces of THIS & THAT joined together and evolved to become YOU & ME.

We are all that is left of IT. Hopefully we will remember our THIS & THAT origins and this time find a way to settle our differences without destroying each other.



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      Don Theiss 10 months ago

      Nice piece Carl. Some illustrations could make this a great childrens book for adults

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      clausen67 6 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your story. It was very interesting

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Welcome to Hub Pages! Nicely done, I look forward to reading more hubs by you!

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Nice story for a first hub. Welcome to hubpages.