Wanting More & Never Enough

Strawberries #1

SEAMUS
Mom! Open up the garden gate, the strawberries are ripe now.

MOM
Are you sure, Shay? I’ve been too busy to get in there and weed our little patch. Looks like the mint and weeds have taken over the whole space. Here then, let me move the stone that keeps the critters out and shift the piece of flimsy bamboo, or really not so flimsy given that it has endured five winters the size of….

SEAMUS
Hurry, mom! You’re talking to your self again.

MOM
Alright, here we go, whoa there cowboy where are you going so fast?

Strawberries #2

SEAMUS
See, mom, there they are under all the weeds and leaves. The mint and strawberries have been battling for space, but I think it’s a stand off. I noticed that nature is like that, the survival instinct to take over and spread as far as possible.

MOM
Yes, very much like humans, I think. Ok, let’s see what we have down there in the dirt. Oh my, we have a whole lot of ripe strawberries ready to be eaten.

Strawberries #3

SEAMUS
Told ya. Can I have the first one and the second one too?

MOM
Test one in case they’re more sour than sweet, Seamus.

SEAMUS
They look perfect to me, mom.

MOM
That’s because your eyes are telling you one thing and the reality could be something completely different.

Strawberry #4

SEAMUS
Gimme, mom. Yowzah, they’re sweet and sour on the tongue.

MOM
Perfect! Want another one?

SEAMUS
As much as you’ve got, they taste so good.

MAYA
Ah, hem, excuse me….mom….it’s me…your favorite Cairn terrier. Can I have a strawberry too?

Strawberries #5

SEAMUS
Mom’s busy indulging her favorite boy, Seamus the lover of strawberries.

MAYA
You mean Seamus the greedy Shih Tzu who is going to get the runs from eating to many strawberries.

MOM
Good point, Maya. Seamus take a break from the berries and let’s give Maya a few to enjoy.

Strawberries #6

SEAMUS
I can’t help myself mom. Something just comes over me and I keep eating, even though I know that too many strawberries can make me sick.

MAYA
Addiction to pleasure, little brother, creates excess, which in turn causes pain. The endless cycle that keeps us all running on the wheel until exhausted and dazed we collapse in a heap and vomit our guts out.

MOM
Maya, what are you talking about? Is that some mystical Cairn knowledge you are relating or just putting together bits and pieces of what you have heard?

MAYA
Bits and pieces, but it somehow it makes sense to me.

MOM
Well, if you’re drunk when running on that wheel of yours, then maybe yes. The thing is, humans do not first stop to consider the consequences of their actions. We just want to experience the pleasure of the act in the moment and consequences be damned.

SEAMUS
Yeah, that’s when it all goes wrong and everyone gets the runs.

MOM
Yes, well something like that, Seamus. Come on out of the garden now, we have enough strawberries for the moment. Seamus? Come on now.

Strawberries #7

SEAMUS
You go on, mom, I thought I saw a big, fat juicy strawberry here somewhere. Just one more and then I’m done.

MAYA
But that’s just the point, isn’t it mom? There is always one more big, fat one, whether it’s your favorite food or drink, drugs or even war. Human’s can’t get enough of the pleasure from taste sensations and mind fog. As for war it is all about conquest, greed and being right. And when it’s all finished there is naught to be done but suffer from what your greed has created.

MOM
Are you sure you’re a Cairn, because you sound more like a St. Bernard or German Shepherd to me. I get your point, Maya, we are all trapped by our desires and until we see that and stop before we take action we will continue to play the same game over and over again, the same lesson never learned, but always tested.

MAYA
And the fact is that humans are willing to sacrifice the survival of the entire planet and all its inhabitants just to have what they want in any given moment. Wow! That’s pretty pitiful, isn’t it mom? And I don’t even get a say.  Next lifetime I’m coming back as the President of the United States.

MOM
I’m sure we will all be very grateful for that, little girl. In the meantime, let’s see if Seamus has really had enough strawberries. He said only one more, but let’s test him. Seamus! Look what I have here for you.

Strawberries #8

 

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