A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 138, Friday
May 18th, 2018
Chapter Five: Siblings
Sisters and brothers, for most human beings these are the first people with whom they share a common bond, and also compete with.
We identify with our siblings, discover betrayal through them, experience them as a threat, and learn from them both how to love, and to forgive.
The human capacity for empathy is refined through our relationships with our siblings. Having first learned to love them, we are able to extend that loving embrace to others.
If we learn to hate them, be jealous of them, covet their place in the world, then by extension, we are able to project those same feelings onto anyone.
The history of human beings is replete with the stories of siblings, both accomplishing great things together, and allowing their rivalries to destroy them.
Cain slew able, he killed him with a stone.
Romulus cast his brother Remus from the walls of Rome.
The duplicity of the human being, our duality, our capacity for selflessness and self-centeredness are demonstrated in these relationships more poignantly than in any other.
A brother or sister will at one moment put their lives at risk to protect their sibling from harm, or even the specter of harm, and in another moment plot to take their life and destroy their extended family.
The sibling bond is the strongest of all bonds, apart from the bond the child has with its mother, when the tension is so great that it breaks, the resulting backlash has the potential to scar everyone who is near to it.
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