Vee: (speaking to himself) Welllll... (pause...) Seems like just yesterday you were a completely different person. And a person with very different values and views about the world. You were so young, you had no idea everything could suddenly change, become the complete reverse of what it always was... You believed in something, believed fiercely that it was the Truth. And then you realized that there is no Truth. There’s only a choice and what your heart seeks. Truths are fickle things. We create our own truths – and then we live with them. And if you want to change your life, first you have to change your truths. Everything around us is always changing, everything is perpetually in flux. If something doesn’t change, it dies. That goes for our human ideas about life, too. If an idea never changes, it done for. It dies. Life dies. The person may live for on a little while, but there’s no life in him. I used to think that changing your worldview was a sign of weakness, faithlessness. Turned out that was just a foolish prejudice foisted upon me by society. Society in generally is a pretty foolish thing.
There is a knock at the door, but Vee pays it no mind, proceeding with his monologue in lonely grandeur.
Vee: It eats you up, together with all your hopes and dreams, chews you up and spits you out. After that nothing much really matters much to you. But I found the strength inside to look at the world through a different lens. It wasn't easy, but I did it. Now I see things in a very different light, from a very different angle. Intriguing, right? (smiles to himself) We're looking at one and the same thing, but we see totally different things, sometimes polar opposites. So that was it, you won, or so it would seem. You’ve seen the light, it’s all good now. But it's never that simple, is it? (tilts his head to one side) Tough to be happy with all that pain and suffering all around. You could pretend you didn't see any of it, of course, but I for one couldn’t keep that up for long, that’s for sure. So my next alternative is to show other people that suffering isn’t inevitable, that there’s another way. There's another kind of life. For now, though, all those other people see in me is a freak, a crazy person.
The near silence is broken by a familiar voice, quiet...
Jay: Hello. How is our noble friend here getting along? Yoo-hoo!
Vee: (stops and peers into the darkness, in the direction from which the voice comes)
Jay: I just happened to be passing by... when it occurred to me that you’d probably like to see me. Wait! You don't have to answer. I know already... you really, really do want to see me! (smiles) Boring yourself again with philosophical exercises? Not sick of them yet?
Jay: I can help you... (pauses, smiling) Are you ready to tell me about it? Your ingenious plan? Maybe we can join forces. That would make things a whole lot more fun!
Vee: My God, it’s you, Jay! Haven't heard from you in ages! People are already saying you'd committed suicide or something. (chuckles, almost imperceptibly, approaches the fireplace on the wall opposite, tries to get a fire started) Actually, to be honest, there really isn't any plan. What do humanity's problems really mean to you, anyway?
Jay: Ha, ha, ha, ha! (the laugh is loud) Humanity’s problems mean everything to me, they always will. In fact, I’m standing here thanks to humanity's problems. You, too, for that matter. (winks at Vee and laughs again) What’s with you, Vee? Surely youdidn't believe the rumors of my untimely demise? (loud laugh) Or did you? How could I ever leave you without at least saying goodbye? (pause) Shall we get down to business? So you’re out to solve the problems of all mankind, are you? My, my, my... Well, how's that working out for you? Made a lot of progress?
Vee: It’s up to humanity to solve humanity’s problems - every living person on the planet. When a single person sets out to solve humanity's problems for it, it usually ends in a tragedy of global proportions... (pause, turns his head towards Jay)... I’m thinking of Hitler, Napoleon, Genghis Khan and people like that. (turns to look at the fire in the fireplace as he continues) The problems of humanity are the problems of each and every member of humanity. But the problem is that most people can't be bothered. For them, the responsibility for taking care of their lawns is about all they can handle. Sometimes more than they can handle. Strange, isn't it? Human beings take no interest in humanity's problems (here his smile seems to take on a profound sadness). All I want to do is help people to change this world for the better. I want to show them what the problems are and suggest a means of resolving them. But they’re the ones who are going to have to go out and actually put the solution into effect.
Vee: ...each generation has its own challenges to face. Some have to deal with hunger, others discover new continents, and still others have slavery to contend with. The challenge before today’s younger generation is the greatest mankind has ever known. What’s on the agenda is whether mankind has the capacity to constitute a rational civilization. Mankind must either make a great leap forward in its evolution or vanish from the stage. A great leap forward in self-awareness, in its worldview... (pause) Why would you of all people get yourself involved in something like that? Don't tell me you've discovered a conscience, that you're looking to create something instead of destroying things?
Jay: (softly) Ooooooh, no, no! If I did that, I wouldn't be me! People, people like me – we create chaos. That’s our element, our calling... We are not meant to deprive ourselves of such a profound pleasure. Today's world, the world of... well, people... it needs folks like me. They just couldn't muddle by without me! They need me, do you hear? Need. It was no fluke that led to my creation. Or yours!
Jay: But you and I are at least as different as we are similar. You get that, yes? (with a nasty, fawning smile, gazing intently at Vee) They implanted their conscience into me, all that was “the very best” left in them... How could I take that away from them? That'd be a crime! (a long, sinister laugh) The irony is that you need me as much as they do. No creation without destroying something! Ruins! That's what you need. (laughs) A world of fire and destruction! Hahahahahaha!
Vee: You're probably right. You’re totally fiendishly right! I really can't manage without you. If you want to help people see the world anew, you’ve got to bring down all mankind's stereotypes and prejudices. They're what gets in the way of people making an evolutionary leap forward. They're what makes people lie to each other, and even to themselves. Mostly to themselves! Yes... (pauses) I want to help open their eyes so they can see a different world. And then, Jay, I’m giving this world to you. To tear to shreds.
Jay: Are you really?! ... (flashes a wicked grin, rubbing his hands together) So where do we begin? The guillotine? Burning at the stake? (spreading his arms and speaking in an exalted voice) Or mass executions, complete with the fireworks of streets on fire, the wailing of sirens, and...
Vee: (interrupts Jay, raises one index finger) Let's agree to one thing: you’ll keep yourself under control, all right? Our goal isn't to have everything around us razed to the ground. Our goal is to destroy only what we don't want: stereotypes, prejudices, false morality and other pointless relics of bygone ages. This world is full of wonderful and amazing things; we should treat it with tender care so we don't send it all spinning off to hell in a handbasket. So things don't go the way they do in the phrase about the omelet and the eggs... Are you even listening, Jay?
Jay: Whatever, bud – that’s your problem... so where was I? Ah, yes, yes... The wailing of sirens and people running around, crazed with fear... here and there, back and forth... well, isn't it a grand vision? (laughs)
Vee: Fine. Then let’s get underway. Anything else you want to say?
Jay: If we’ve covered absolutely everything, then guess I’ll be going. (quickly gets up and walks out the door)
Vee: Wait a minute! Where are y...
Jay: What do you mean, “where are y...” (looks out from behind the door) To carry out your ingenious plan! (the door slams shut, and from behind it comes the sound of evil, cackling laughter)
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