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 virtues and vices 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!”
And since nobody was crazy enough to want to seek MADNESS, all the others agreed.
MADNESS leaned against a tree and began to count: “one, two, three……” 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 centre of the Earth………….
LIE said that he would hide under a stone, but he hid at the bottom of the lake……….
AVARICE entered a sack that he ended up breaking.
And MADNESS continued counting:”……..seventy eight, seventy nine, eighty……….”
By this time all the Virtues and Vices were already hidden, except LOVE, for, undecided as LOVE is, he could not decide where to hide.
And this should not surprise us, because we all know how difficult it is to hide 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: “ready or not, here I come”
As MADNESS turned around, LAZINESS was the first to be found, because he had no energy to hide. Then he spotted TENDERNESS on the horn of the moon, LIE, at the bottom of the lake, and PASSION at the centre of the Earth. One by one MADNESS found them all, except for LOVE.
MADNESS was getting desperate, unable to find LOVE. Envious of LOVE, ENVY whispered to MADNESS: “ You only need to find LOVE and LOVE is hiding in the rose bush.
MADNESS grabbed a pitchfork and stabbed wildly at the rose bush. MADNESS stabbed and stabbed until a heart breaking cry made him stop. LOVE appeared from the rose bush, covering his face with his hands. Behind his fingers ran two trickles of blood from his eyes.
MADNESS, so anxious to find LOVE, had stabbed LOVE’S eyes with a pitch fork. “what have I done? What have I done?” MADNESS shouted. “I have left you blind, how can I repair it?”
And LOVE replied: “you cannot repair my eyes, but if you want, you can be my guide”
And so it came about that from that day on, LOVE is blind and is always accompanied by MADNESS……..