Hello, It's Earth
Back cover description:
A letter from our Mother. I suggest you read it.
Original Prose prompt:
World Stage. You have the entire world's attention and can say no more than 1,500 words. What say you?
HELLO, IT'S EARTH
Hey everyone. I thought I’d take a moment to talk to you all. We don’t get together nearly often enough and I was thinking it’s about time we sit down and have a nice family discussion. No, no, come back. Don’t try to get out of this. Especially you, Americans. We really need to talk.
Alright, now that we’re settled, I need to bring up a few things. First of all, I’m happy to see that you’re all enjoying the gifts I’ve given you, and most of you are doing some great things with them. You’ve built some nice homes for yourselves and you’re coming up with some really cool tools. I thought the airplane was especially clever. Some of you are really branching out and a small number of you are even starting to leave me. I knew the day would come—every mother does. I’m really proud of you, though. You’ve come a long way. Now, most of you are really good at cooperating and trading with each other, but please remember to share. I gave you enough to go around, but I still see that some of you are keeping more than you need all to yourselves. I taught you better than that.
Second, I’ve been seeing a lot of fighting going on lately. This is unacceptable. It’s never okay for you to hurt any of your brothers or sisters. I honestly can’t believe what I’m seeing. What made you think that that’s okay? You all have always disagreed a lot, and that’s totally fine—that’s what families do. It’s normal to disagree because we are all wonderfully different, but it’s not okay to expect everyone to see things the way you do. You know, it’s possible to get along—and even be friends—with someone who doesn’t believe in the same things you do. You can be entirely different people and follow completely opposite ideologies, and still find ways to be amicable.
Remember, we are all one family and we need each other. We need each other’s differences, especially. That’s what makes our family so strong. Without our differences, we perish. So, what I want you to do is think of one of your brothers or sisters with whom you don’t get along, maybe one who lives a very different lifestyle than you, and I want you to think of one nice thing you can say to them or about them. Shake hands, say sorry, and for heaven’s sake stop fighting.
And just remember what Father always says. Sometimes when things get heated, all you need to do is just give things a little Time.
Also, stop smoking. It’s bad for you and I’m dying over here.
Header image credit: Christian Nielsen