A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 118, Saturday
April 28th, 2018
Chapter Six: Thirst
The human body is water.
Metaphors of fluidity permeate the human consciousness.
The surface of earth is mostly water, and in times of great crises the surface of the waters, and the deep deep places were where human beings returned to for refuge, safety and sustenance. Oceans, and lakes, and rivers provided everything
The body needs water, as it needs oxygen to fill the lungs, fill blood cells racing through veins, coursing into tissues.
There is no greater pain than thirst, and the unquenched desire is the thirst that leads to death.
Metaphors linking dryness to anguish, pain, and suffering fill the human imagination.
To thirst is to know that the end is near.
Thirst will drive the average person mad, the knowledge that death is approaching and the end of the body is at hand.
When thirst is great enough, a person will turn to a source of liquid that they know to be poisoned in order to slake it.
Thirst is a drive. It is the greatest motivator, greater than hunger, greater than joy.
The thirsty person will do anything, sacrifice anything. Thirst will cause a person to give up everything they hold sacred, even their own identity.
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