Tuesday, December 11, 2018
There is a hill I regularly see where doomed souls come in the Winter. What are they doing? Why do they come? Up they toil over the packed and slippery snow. Trudging and panting they struggle in a kind of agonized slow motion to the hard won crest. They linger at the top as long as they can until some wind or dizziness pitches them onto their bellies, usually on a sheet of hard plastic, and they slide quickly down the hill, bouncing roughly as they go.
They are at the bottom again.
Do they flee?
No, they climb again. Again they toil. Again they attain the peak. Again they are jouncingly, futilely flung to the bottom.
They get up, brush themselves off, and climb again.
Are they mad? Are they doomed? Does the sheet of plastic protect them from worse or does it seal their fate?
Rejected by the hill they are bodily hurled to the bottom once more. There is a group of them, all cast down there now. Surely some sin is being paid for, or perhaps now it has been paid for. Some ungodly hubris has perhaps reached an atonement. For they get up this last time, pulling their sheet plastic behind them, some with what may be the corpses of the littlest among the group, lying inert, it seems, upon the planks, and they depart.
Clearly they are defeated. Maybe forever then they are finished. And hopefully, by this suffering, they are finally freed once again.