He sees a few scattered stones, and watches as they rise up to take the form of humans before walking and talking among the rest. And because they used to be stones, they could understand a side to the universe that was only revealed to them while being stiller than death. They could understand what it means to be alive, and so found their place on earth.

He sees an axe waiting at the roots of a tree, and that image terrifies him more than anything, because he knows that once the axe is swung into motion, it won’t stop until every fruitless tree is levelled and burned, never to be brought back or given another chance.

So when people ask him what they should do, he takes it, not only because it’s better than nothing, but also because it proves to him that urgency to do right still exists in a world that forgets or looks away.


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