If the earth were only a few feet in diameter, floating a few feet above a
field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it.

would walk around it, marvelling at its big pools of water, its little pools
and the water flowing between the pools.






















People would marvel at the bumps
on it, and the holes in it, and they would marvel at the very thin layer of
gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas.

The people would
marvel at all the creatures walking around the surface of the ball, and at
the creatures in the water.

The people would declare it precious because it
was the only one, and they would protect it so that it would not be hurt.
The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people would come to behold
it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and to wonder how it
could be.

People would love it, and defend it with their lives, because
they would somehow know that their lives, their own roundness, could be
nothing without it.

If the earth were only a few feet in diameter.

Author © Joe Miller - from the book "If the earth were only a few feet in diameter" - Background © Julian Baum

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