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The Understanding Water Buffalo
October 14, 2010, 1:08 pm
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In humid Southeast Asia, hospital a herd of water buffalos gathered at a river delta. A shy female buffalo found herself plagued by a cloud of biting insects. She gently shifted to the left, the right, and even five feet forward, but still they persisted. She figured they must really like her and even need her, so she vowed to tough it out. The other water buffalos said “Why, why do you allow this? Come submerge yourself in the water, as we do! This delicious mud acts as armor.”

But the shy water buffalo was torn. Sure, the bugs were annoying, but who was she to judge? They had problems too, what with being so small and easily squashed. Maybe she could teach them to be less needy if she just showed some love first. This internal dilemma went on for days, and the other water buffalos looked on in horror as she grew wizened and scabby from the constant assault. “They are sucking your life’s blood,” they lowed.

“Well, I can’t help it if I give off positive energy,” said the female. In return, the insects gave her a blood-born parasite, and she starved to death.

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