Of Love And Madness
I received this last year as an e-mail from my friend. I didn’t read it at first because I knew it was just one of those forwarded e-mails that became a fad. However, when I finally got around to reading it, I realized that I actually liked the message. There was something about it that was true. I’m sharing it to everybody right now, and I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
The Tale of Love and Madness
A long time ago, before the world was created and humans set foot on it for the first time, virtues and vices floated around and were bored, not knowing what to do.
One day, all the vices and virtues were gathered together and were more bored than ever. Suddenly, Ingenious came up with an idea: “Let’s play hide and seek!”
All of them liked the idea and immediately Madness shouted: “I want to count, I want to count!”
As Madness counted, the vices and virtues went hiding. Tenderness hung itself on the horn of the moon, Treason hid in a pile of garbage.
Fondness curled up between the clouds and Passion went to the center of the earth.
Lie said that it would hide under a stone, but hid at the bottom of the lake, whilst Avarice entered a sack that he ended up breaking.
And Madness continued to count: “… seventy nine, eighty, eighty one…”
By this time, all the vices and virtues were already hidden – except Love.
Madness: “…ninety five, ninety six, ninety seven…”
Just when Madness got to one hundred, Love jumped into a rose bush where he hid.
And Madness turned around and shouted: “I’m coming, I’m coming!”
As Madness turned around, Laziness was the first to be found, because Laziness had no energy to hide. Then he spotted Tenderness in the horn of the moon, Lie at the bottom of the lake and
Madness stabbed and stabbed until a heartbreaking cry made him stop. Love appeared from the rose bush, covering his face with his hands.
Between his fingers ran two trickles of blood from his eyes.