This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series Alternate Histories


Somewhere between gratitude & reciprocity, things started to go wrong.

Because we were given time, we invented drumming.

Because we were given trees, we invented floor-length dresses.

And because we were given crops, we invented sacrifice.

When God sent a messenger to the sacred table & said Stop burning my meat — give it to the needy instead, we invented elaborate rules for hospitality that involved frequent bathing & fine clothes.

But because the needy were still exceedingly numerous, we went over God’s head & invented games of chance.

This invention was the mother of Necessity, otherwise known as That’s Just The Way Things Are.

And we took our chances and groveled in the dirt.

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