Once, there was a land so staggeringly beautiful that even the sand crabs emerged trembling from their burrows twice a day to pay homage to the god who watched over it. Every sunset was more brilliant than the last, causing birds to bump into each other as bold apricots and violets streaked the sky and distracted them. Laughing, the birds tumbled into the sea and frolicked with the fish, for the water was always pleasingly warm and no creature ever killed another. Kindness was their law. The plants that grew abundantly on both land and sea sustained life for everyone.
But then a newcomer arrived in a rickety boat filled with weapons. He hacked down trees, shot birds, and dumped garbage in the sea. Soon, the animals began to fight with each other for the scarce resources. The sun shrank away and snow began to fall. Eventually nothing was left but the crabs, hiding miserably in the cold sand. One crab realized that the god they had worshipped was merely an old lighthouse that didn’t do anything. All the good had come from inside the creatures themselves. Along with the bad. This crab confronted the man.
“Why did you ruin our paradise?” she cried.
He shrugged. “Nature abhors a vacuum.”
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