A Christmas Story – 365 Flash Fiction #58

One day in a town by a nameless river in a tavern two people sat and drank… both had long hair… one had beard and the other clean shaved with a peacock feather on his head….. they were on their tenth drink…. discussing philosophy, future of mankind, righteousness, law and correctness……
The bearded man said “You see all these people around…… do you think they hear what we say….?”
“The clean shaved guy replied “yes they are listening…. and I know what will happen next”
“what…?” asked the bearded guy…
“They might make a religion out of these conversations…”
“A religion…..?”
“Yes… A religion… may be more.. and we all will end up playing different roles in their different stories”
“but…. we have nothing to do with religion…. we are just humans”
“I know… and you know…. we just want the world to be good… but that is not enough… as humans we have moved up the chain from being animals… now we need to start differentiating among ourselves”

“So civilization is all about differentiation…?”
“Why not… You don’t consider the ape as your brother… the crocodile as your distant relative…. do you…? We civilize only to accept that we are unequal and religion is a big need for feeding this un-equality….”
“But…… Can’t we stop them…?”
“No we can’t…. What you see is happening in the future…. we are the past…. we might be in the tavern having a drink… but in the future who knows what they will say… they might make you god like and even crucify you… and they might tell that I slept with ten thousand women…. and I am the epitome of righteousness”
“So what do we do…. can we stop them”
“I am not sure… may be we should just let go… let life take its course…. As long as bars are open…. philosophy and life will flourish…. and equality will exist….”
“So are you saying people should be drunk always…?”

“Wait my friend… see after a few centuries… they will wait for this day…. just to get drunk… yes they will do religious stuff… but at the end… they will all get drunk…. drinks will overcome religion… give equality to mankind…. it is not with this day.. it is the same with any day that slips from being a religious day to an accepted holiday for the masses… getting drunk will be the aim”

He pointed to another fat guy in the corner with grey beard and a funny costume….and said “but don’t worry… he will make it all look magical….. don’t worry….”

The bearded guy and the clean shaved guy gulped one more peg… paid the tab and walked out of the tavern….. as the door closed behind… people grouped together… and life started…

One man shouted… “Don’t worry guys in a few days we will also have new year coming…. we will be drunk again then…. Cheers!!!”

The fat guy with the grey beard laughed Ho… Ho.. Ho…. and got into his sledge outside and rode off…
-Vinod-

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