The Millimetre Crisis in Hoodwinked Kingdom

The Great Big Millimetre Crisis in Hoodwinked Kingdom. by Christopher Brooks

It came about that a whole kingdom was cast
over by a spell from a tiny sect in it’s territory
that from this day forth all “millimetres” belong and are
controlled in supply by their new “mm” bank.

This sect grew in power and found many clever
ways to manipulate and pervert the “mm” from
it’s genuine honest scientific function as a stable
medium of exchange.

The sect grew it’s influence by supporting
the Hocus Pokus University to research
the scarcity of “mm” theory and the
Spellmaker Press always published
the “Coping with limited “mm” stress”

From time to time and place to place the sect
adjusted the measure of the “mm” which caused
all manner of waste and stress.

Just imagine building a house with an elastic
tape measure.

The sect invented new mysterious “markets”
that they called “measure swaps”, “length futures”
and “area derivatives” that all speculated on the
rise and fall in quantities of available “mm” along
with the changing dimensions.

New agencies sprouted all about
the land delivering the growing new services
required to cope with the many effects of
the unstable and unpredictable “mm”.

Most of the peasants were not even conscious of
the “tricky” manipulation of their free and honest
access to the physical wealth about them.

The regular surplus of nature and it’s generous sufficiency in their work and play was distorted by the peversions of
the growing “mm” debts that accrued in the process of

Spellbound, they knew no other “reality”.

This sect cultivated complex explanations for
the growing inability of the community to
release the visible physical prosperity of their Kingdom.

Frustrations and dysfunction lead to civil strife and
violent fueds became common.

Some peasants did openly question why there was
never a shortage of “mm” provided by the bank to
make the machinery of conflict but no “mm” to
provide better living circumstances for the very poor.

The Spellmaker Press quarantined these ideas from
the general peasantry by branding such dissident
thinking as “extremist” and “looney”.

Almost all the peasants were blind to the tricky
complexities of spell craft and often unconciously
joined in the persecution of their honest fellows.

The Kingdoms ignorence and confusion grew
with the passing of time.

Eventually this led to the sect claiming
ownership over the litres employed to measure
their liquids and on to the page numbers
in their books.

The banking sect produced little of any real use at all but
lived a very fine life earning it’s fees on all the activity
of the bamboozled peasantry.

A day dawned when the Spellmaker Press announced there was a crisis and due to the shortage of “mm”
the activities of the kingdom must inevitably decline.

Work became scarce, production declined and less goods were available for consumption because “mm” were no longer of sufficient quantity to measure the natural world.

The living circumstance of the Kingdom was retarded
and depression set in, when the life that did exist , could no longer be enjoyed.

The high priests of the banking sect announced that this
was to be a very difficult time for all, but the peasants
are not qualified to comprehend or understand the
complexities that caused us to run short of “mm”.
while the kingdom remains plump pregnant with
all the ingredients for generous prosperity.

In fact the peasants were declared to be at fault
because they had been using far too many “mm”
and now they had to endure their punishment
of a lean period.

What a silly stupid bunch of ignorant peasants.

Isn’t it lucky we are too smart to fall for
such an obvious scam.


  1. #1 by Christopher Brooks on March 6, 2009 - 10:17 pm

    Terrific to see you have valued my parable enough to publish it on your blog.

    My aim was to create something to break the spell from the minds of my fellows.

  2. #2 by Bricky on March 6, 2009 - 10:28 pm

    @Christopher Brooks

    How could I not Christopher – it’s exceptional.

    Incidentally, I came across it here, so who knows the path it took? :)

  3. #3 by Bricky on May 12, 2009 - 6:16 am

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