What Is Most Poisonous for Most People?


Majid Ali, M.D.

Choua walked into my office one day and, as he often does, picked up a copy of science journal, Nature, from my mail on the desk. Then he was lost deep into its pages. I looked at him for several moments, marveling at his capacity to lose me so completely when we are together in my office.

“What is most poisonous for most people?” I asked him after a while.

“Their past,” he replied, without looking up from the pages of the journal.

“How does the past become poisonous?” I followed up.

“They make it so.”

“Why do they make it that way?”

“They just do.”

“No, seriously, how does that happen?”

“Because they think they can mold others in their image.”

“Mere narcissism?”

“Something like that.”

“So, you think it is all that simple.”

“Yes, I do.”

“Amazing. If you are really right and it is that simple, why can’t people see it?”

“Because they are people.”

“Why can’t they think of the good things in their past?”

“Because they mere human.”

“Why can’t they stop recycling past misery?”

“They could if they wanted to. It’s simple. They just have to stop it.”

“So humans suffer because they are human, is that it?”

“That’s about it.”

“Are you blaming evolution for it?”

“Ah, evolution. Now you got something there. Isn’t that the rub?” Choua looked up from the journal for the first time since entering the room.

We were silent for some time. He looked me intently. Then he stared out of the window for several moments and walked out.

I went back to work. I learned a long time ago that one can speak to a rodent but only in one way—his way.




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