Dominion over all!

The other day I had a conversation with myself. Here’s sort of how it went:

Me-1: God gave man dominion over the whole earth.

Me-2: Even over all the animals?

Me-1: Yup! God made animals for our benefit. We have dominion over all of them.

Me-2: You mean, like, we can do anything we want to them? Without consequences?

Me-1: You betcha! That’s what dominion means: we can do anything we want with them, and the only consequence is that our decision benefits us. The Bible—God’s word, confirms that!

Me-2: The word, dominion: does it also apply to our government having dominion over us—like the Bible tells us?

Me-1: Well, certainly! Governments gotta rule, or there’s anarchy.

Me-2: So, by your definition of ‘dominion,’ that means Prime Minister Harper has dominion over us and can do anything he wants to us, and the only consequence for his decision is that he benefits from it?

Me-1: Well, sure … uh … Oh, shut up!

About Albert Schindler

I was born on the 27th of February, 1931, on a farm near Hubbard, Saskatchewan. As far back as I can remember I had a spirit that would not stay earthbound. In junior high, I remember taking first place for a short story in which I described my terrifying encounter with a dinosaur. In outer space – that is, when the teacher wasn’t directly speaking to me, I went where Buck Rogers wouldn’t dare go. I was more of a Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes type of guy, with my own, personal, very powerful, transmogrifyer always at the ready. In my ‘teens and twenties, I pushed aside my Calvin alter ego in favour of making a living and didn’t take seriously again my ‘writer’s bug’ until my late 30s. I still saw that the world as full of exciting things to learn and investigate, which my writing reflected in the several articles and a couple of short fiction pieces that I wrote and sold, including over 30 children’s radio plays for Alberta’s ACCESS Radio. Unfortunately, I abandoned my budding writing career in favour of starting my own business as a sign painter. Now that I can officially call myself ‘retired,’ I plan to resume my writing career, only this time, writing mostly fiction. Why fiction? I have lead a great, adventurous life in which I made many mistakes (the ‘adventure’ in life), that have taught me some very important lessons and allowed my spirit to grow to unimaginable proportions, inconceivable to me while still in my thirties. In fiction, I believe, one can adventure into both the inner and outer consciousness of man and the universe to infinite levels where only the boldest dare peak. Convention holds that article writing has to be factual – oh, you can be creative in how you present your information, but ‘fact’ (whatever that means) still must have its parameters in article writing, whereas fiction is limited only by the size of a writer’s spirit, and so far, I haven’t been able to fathom my limit.
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