T. Rex and the Electric Fence

It’s as if we grow up like baby dinosaurs inside an electric fence. When we touch The Fence, we get zapped and overwhelmed with a hideous pain. Instantly, the fear of death is linked with our memory of The Fence. A few deaths at the hands of The Fence are witnessed, and soon the stories make The Fence a dark and terrible icon in the culture. Most won’t allow themselves to even think about it, and few ever dare to speak on the subject. However, The Fence haunts everyone’s subconscious in dreams.

Years pass, and the baby dinosaurs grow up. The runts of the litter stand about 25 feet tall, and the bullies stand at over 35 feet. The Fence, by the way, is about 15 feet tall and carries the same voltage it always did. Still, no one has dared to go near The Fence for over 25 years. Because everyone is much bigger now, there is a lot less room to maneuver, along with less food. Conditions are getting quite uncomfortable. The world outside The Fence is beginning to look desirable, but, well, that’s not really an option.

It doesn't pay to stay stuck
Time passed, and the dinosaurs began to get very Hungry. One day, one of the starving dinosaurs decided to allow thoughts about The Fence to actually enter his conscious awareness. Low and behold, the thoughts did not harm him, nor did the foreboding feelings that came with the thoughts. He approached The Fence, and beheld it at close range. He felt the rush of fear and excitement, and he thought to himself, “Life inside the fence is no longer viable. If I touch The Fence and die, I’ll be none the worse off. But if I touch The Fence and live, we will all find freedom.” And with that resolve, he crashed through the fence, suffered a few scrapes and burns, but lived. Instantly feelings of pure ecstasy flooded through his system. Life outside The Fence would be entirely different.

He ran back to The Fence and began to call to his friends. But he soon discovered that they could not even see where his voice was coming from, for they had trained themselves to never even look at The Fence. He cried loudly, screamed insanely, and stomped up and down with great force, but it took weeks and months for him to get anyone’s attention. Finally, a few of the more daring came to hear his story. Slowly, and very cautiously, one at a time began to accept the dare for themselves.

© 2001 Ted Strauss
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