An allegory on German Philosophy
This story is about my chaotic family, in particular my two older brothers. We will call them the older and younger for now. My older brother is a very tidy person who values logic and reason but he can be excessively orderly and fussy. My younger brother is quite a contrast, he’s very likeable and creative but he likes a smoke and a drink and his life can get pretty chaotic.
I could tell that things were going to be different for our family from an early age. The first time was when the older brother was still a kid. He went to his best mate Peter’s birthday party and took the younger brother along also. The younger created a real fuss by driving Peter’s mum, along with other women at the party, so mad with his special herbs that she was tricked into cutting off Peter’s head. A pretty violent death for old Pete, and we soon had to slink off home to regroup.
To keep us occupied, our mum gave us a machine to make words and books. Dr Immanuel came along and gave us some lessons. The older took a real interest in the book machine. He enjoyed writing about his ideal world and sharing those ideals with others. But it wasn’t long before the younger started kicking up trying to gain attention by romantically going around dancing, playing music and making art. Tension remained within the family so mum got Dr Friedrich in. Dr Friedrich thought our family the ants pants and capable of doing all sorts of things.
I’m not sure how helpful Dr Friedrich was though. Mum had just bought a new set of kitchen appliances when our neighbour Alf started having trouble with his housemate. My brothers thought it a good idea to just throw the troublesome housemate straight into mum’s new oven. Dead as doornail, and our neighbour Sam across the road was furious.
Sam gave us a deserved hiding, and while we took our medicine Sam developed his own issues. First Sam became a good friend of the older who helped him make a nice picket fence and some fancy rockets. This soon got boring and then Sam took an interest in the younger. This led to some good parties for a while with good music and lots of peace and harmony as well as lots of those funny smokes. But all that came to a sudden end when a bunch of Sam’s drug induced girls started randomly killing people again, in particular an attractive young actress who was pregnant with her first child at the time. It was a horrible end to the party.
Now mum has got us a new toy to occupy us called the internet, the book machine has become boring. At first this internet was a lot of fun but now tensions are emerging again. The older brother likes the internet for things like study, but he’s also a bit of a snoop and he’s using it to control other people’s lives too. The younger, well, he’s always liked sex and spends most of his time making and looking at pornography when he’s not whipping up social storms. It’s all seems like fun for the moment, but I think there will be trouble ahead if mum doesn’t do something.
But I don’t know what mum should do.
My older brother is Apollo, the younger is Dionysus.