The King of the land lived high up in a castle,
There were people living with him in it and the King was faced with a dilemma, how could he trust these people to live with him, he came to the conclusion that the only way he could trust people is if he got to know them first, because how could he trust someone he did not know.
So the King went round the castle to get to know the people living with him in it, by the time he had got back to his thrown he had met each person one by one, some he trusted and some he didn't, so he only kept the ones he trusted to live with him in the castle, however this turned out to be flawed since not everybody he trusted did in fact trust him, so when the King trusted a person to do something, because that person did not trust the King, the act was not done to it's perfection.
Therefore, again the king decided to tour round his castle and again get to know better the people around him, to see if not only did he trust them but if they did trust him, because how can he trust someone if that person does not trust him.
After a while the king returned to his thrown and decided, that these people he trusted since they also trusted him, called them Angels and the other people he cast back to live in the land of which he was King, together with others he had first cast off and live with all the rest of people.
Now the King was happy being around his Angels whom he trusted and they him, but now he wanted to see if he trusted the people in his land, so one day he decided to leave his castle only to come back after he had met each and every person in his Kingdom to see if he trusted them as he did the Angels.
The King started his journey around the Land of his Kingdom and met each and every person, it took a long while but when he got back to his thrown after a long round he decided that a certain amount of the people he had met he trusted since they too also got to know him and trusted him and all the others he did not, therefore, he would like to be King only to those people he trusted and over the rest he'd govern and be their ruler.
The king now wanted to see what his people were doing and the people he was king of in his land were mostly shipbuilders and built ships, so the King now wanted to see these ships, get to know them to see if he could trust them. His people showed him the ships, how they contained people and floated on water, the king got to know the ships, of course trusted the builders, for they were his people he was king over, but now he also trusted the ships to float, but float on what, the ships floated on water, did he trust the water to hold the ships, well he asked the people where the water came from and said from the sky, it rains on the mountain and comes down from the river then carries on to the sea where all the water is gathered.
In this case, the king thought, I shall go to the sea, to see if I trust it with the ships. And so it was, the king journeyed to sea and came upon nature.
Nature was part of the sea and water, therefore if he was to trust the ship on the water of the rivers and sea, he'd better trust nature to go along with it. Now the king wanted to see if he could trust nature and the same story all over again, the King wanted to get to know nature so he could trust it and could nature trust him he thought.
Journeying on to the sea, the king again went all over his land and came upon a fig tree, the king stayed with the fig tree a while to get to know it since it too was part of the nature he wanted to trust the ships to float on.
Each year the fig tree would produce fruit for the king and the king got to know the tree and trusted it to produce it's figs once a year, the king then carried on to the sea.
By the time he'd got there he had gotten to know all of the nature he had passed on the land in a similar manner to the fig tree from the mountain till the sea and then concluded to trust nature.
Now the king was at the sea, he stayed on the shore and began to get to know the sea since the ships his people were building were to float on it and he wanted to trust the sea as he trusted all of the nature he had come across, after a while the king got to know the language of the sea, he concluded that the sea trusted the ships to float on it and he this trusted the sea for them to float on it.
So now the king trusted nature at whole and therefore the nature trusted him not to ruin it therefore he could be the king of nature to those he was king of and to all those he governed over he let nature rule over them.
The king was glad and got back to his thrown after a long journey to get to know and trust his Kingdom at whole.
Generations later, the same king got to know his angels very well and they him, they even understood each other. One day the King realised that he could not trust someone or something he could not understand. Therefore he again decided to commence a similar tour of his kingdom to the one he had previously done.
The angels he already trusted and understood and they him as well as his people, the ones he was king over, so he set off a similar path to the sea, but this time first to the fig tree. This time not only did he want to trust the tree by knowing it. for he already did, but also to understand it, for this was in the way for him now to really trust the fig tree. Even though he knew it, how could he trust something he could not understand.
The King stayed a while with tree and got to understand it this time, the roots it had beneath the soil that collected water up that fell from the sky and beneath the earth, and the leaves it had that collected energy from the Sun, now he understood the fig tree and carried on to the shipbuilders, which were the most of his people the ones he trusted to be king of. They showed him how the ships were built, the architecture, the waterproof materials as well as the balance and weight properties of each element, so after a broad explanation, the king once more trusted the ships as he understood them. Then again the king asked what the ships were floating on in the river, and it was water, where did it come from and the people explained that it came from the sky, materialised into drops that fell on the mountain that made pools that then became rivers like the ones the ships were built upon and this water then carried on towards the sea. "Very well" said the king, "I speak the language of the Sea, I shall go towards it at once to understand it, through all nature as I have done so before, so I could trust it and the nature again" and this he did, the King traveled all through his land and kingdom got to know each and every element of nature, from the cells to the stars until he finally got to the sea and asked it,
"all the water gets to you from above, but how do you contain it?"
And the sea gave the answer but it was one the king could not understand, and the sea carried on to tell another a answer, but again the king could not understand it. This happened again and again for many times but the king could just not comprehend the sea's answer, he was very troubled by this, so he decided to go back and think of it.
On the way back he decided to travel once more through all of his land and meet once more all the people in it, and get to know them all once more and try to understand them, since perhaps they could help him understand the Sea, for without understanding it, he did not trust the sea with his ships. Again the King traveled far and wide throughout all his land and met every single person, by the time he had got back to his thrown he said,
"these are the people I trust and understand and they trust and understand me, therefore I shall invite these people to my castle and they are to be my wise men".
The wise men all got to the castle and King asked them a riddle, to help him comprehend the sea,
"what can contain the sea?".
The wise men thought and thought, such a question was very hard to answer, the sea was so large, could anything contain it at all. After a long discussion and while of debate the wise men came upon a conclusion that "the only way to contain water is in a glass" they said "the sea is covered with water, therefore the only way to contain the Sea is in a very large glass, but no glass is so large therefore it is in a very big bucket". These men were very wise indeed, but the king wanted proof, so he took all his people, the shipbuilders, the angels and the wise men, put them together on a large ship, called them sailors and told them all to sail to the end of the sea and look for the rim of this bucket to prove this theory right.
They all boarded a large ship, it was a special one the shipbuilders had made for this conquest and they set off only to come back the next day saying they had not found it. Something contained the sea alright the said, but they traveled all around the sea and could not find it's end nor this supposed bucket rim.
Therefore the king was about to dismiss this theory, but one of the wise men who were now a sailor said that in fact this was only one sea and there are seven more on the other side of the mountain, why not travel those seas to find their claim.
The King obliged and the ship set sail up the mountain and down it, they got to the other seaside and were,under the king's instructions, to sail each sea for a day. After seven days the King came back from his castle to greet the ship and it's sailors back, but they had not returned, so he came back the next day, which was the eightieth day since they had departed to see if they had returned, but still they had not come back, so he came back the next day and the next, and they had still not come back. Another seven days from the first seven days and another seven days, this was out of the ordinary since they were to sail each of the seven seas per day. Another seven days and another seven days, another seven days and another seven days, and on the forty ninth day since they had left, and the king would come back everyday journeying from his castle, suddenly there came floating a bottle with a message in it written in the language of the sea, and it said,
"Dear king, we set sail for the seven seas to look for the end bit of the sea with the rim of the big bucket that contains the sea, only to find seven more seas and seven more seas and seven more seas and seven more seas and seven more seas which then became seven great oceans that envelope seven great lands and it seems that these great oceans make one great big sea. We do not know if we are in the beginning of the sea, the end of the sea or in the middle of it, but it's seems that it is not a question of what contains the sea as it seems the sea is what is containing us, therefore we are in the bucket just as this ship could be a bucket and we want to come back. Could you dear king, perhaps agree to trust the sea without comprehending it so we could come back?".
Now the king had with him a dove that could get to the ship and tell them what to do, however he was faced with a dilemma, what to tell the dove, tell his people to come back and trust the sea as it is with the ships and as they said without understanding it, or tell them to carry on this conquest in seek of a bucket rim.
The King decided to bring them back to ask them another riddle, how does the first sea the one they had first traveled connect to this great big Sea? making it a fiftieth.
Of the first dilemma, the King kept on asking the sea as he talked the language of the sea, but the sea same kept on saying the same thing again and again, and the king and everybody else
would hear it always in a different way.
copyright © 2011 Fabrice Schomberg