Saturday, July 6, 2013

On the Nature of Dragons

European dragons are supposed to be like fire-breathing, winged dinosaurs or lizards or something. Asian dragons don't have wings and are a little more like four-legged flying snakes (or something). European dragons feed on the flesh of virgins, lose battles with brave knights and burn down villages if provoked. Asian dragons are a symbol of power and good fortune. They are usually depicted with a huge grin.

If somebody compares you to a European dragon, smack them in the mouth because you are being insulted. If they compare you to an Asian dragon, give them a wet kiss and say it was from me.

Then there are my dragons. They are Asian (and therefore among the good guys). They can change into any shape - human, animal, inanimate object. They can fly without wings. Asian dragons fly for the same reason I write: because they want to and nobody can stop them.

Dragons are virtually immortal, therefore they have had time to make a lot of mistakes and learn from them. Or not. They aren't different from humans in that respect. And like most humans they can be petty, cruel, destructive, angry, kind, thoughtful, caring and loving. Sometimes all on the same day. My dragons think burning down villages is SO last millennium. Mostly. They aren't saints or gods even if they can do some pretty god-like stuff.

What all dragons are good at is SEEING. When they look at something they see it with an intensity that is hard to imagine or describe. They can especially see through you. They know if you are good. They know if you are bad (much like Santa in that respect). That means you can't lie to them. Most of you think you might be an exception to that rule. All of you are wrong.

Now, like I said, dragons aren't saints. They can and do lie to each other. They do deceive each other. And if they can fool each other, trust me, they can fool you. That old lady sitting over there reading Fifty Shades of Prune? Dragon or old lady? How about the bus driver you saw this morning. The one with the fat belly and the “I’m going to have a stroke by nightfall” complexion? Could he be a dragon? What about the chair you’re sitting on? What you think is nauga may be dragon hide. You may never know.

If you see a dragon you are lucky. If they speak to you, you are blessed with a charmed life. When they decide to take a personal interest in your improvement as a human being, you’re gonna love it ... not.

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