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A Tale of Hope · 23 September 05
Once upon a time there lived a greasy, noisy ogre that hid in the dank, dark recesses of nice automobiles. People wandering by might not notice the ogre, but when the ogre awoke there was no ignoring the sounds and smells that belched forth.
Yet they did nothing about it. The ogre had always been there and they felt helpless. All throughout the land lived similar ogre hiding within all manner and size of automobile. The people fed the ogres and tried not to have much to do with them, developing a selective blindness to its very existence. The ogre was a necessary evil that seemed to be their only means of moving the automobile.
The ogre began to eat more and more. At first this didn’t bother the people. They thought a bigger, well-fed ogre would somehow protect them. But when the price of feeding the ogre went up the people seemed to wake from a dream and wonder why they kept an ogre in the first place.
A rumor spread through the land, that some of the ogres had been removed and the automobiles were still usable. It was a messy and troublesome battle to remove an ogre, but it could be done by almost anyone with a strong heart and dedication of purpose.
First they severed the ogre’s nervous system and cut off its supply of food. Then, moving carefully to avoid nasty ogre teeth, they pried and disconnected the anchors which held the ogre in place. Some of the ogre had grown muscle and bone that merged with the poor automobile and made removal complicated and troublesome.
Slowly and surely, the ogre was extracted and the automobile set free from its awful tyranny.
Cast aside and dejected, the ogre sat in it’s oily refuse pile and plotted an evil future.
“Perhaps the people might be happy with a small ogre married to an electric motor? A marriage of convenience?” the ogre thought smokily, “It’s all about packaging and marketing. My reign is far from over.”
The ogre chuckled to itself, not noticing the 5lb sledge hammer descending upon its head…