The Tale of Edison

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The whale that had iridescent light bulbs for eyes.

Submitted: December 25, 2009

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As we all know, (or at least I hope you all know), all whales are mammals, live in the ocean and have eyes. Our eyes allow us to see everything…well almost everything. For no one can see past the physical appearance of another. No one except Edison. Edison you see, was a whale, a whale that had a unique ability to see the innermost feelings of other creatures. And what allowed him to do this you ask? He had iridescent light bulbs for eyes. No one knows exactly how having iridescent light bulb eyes allows one to see the emotional status of another but here is my theory. Light bulbs allow us to see things in a clear light. They expose what was once in darkness and open them to examination and understanding. Iridescence is an optical phenomenon in which hue changes with the angle from which a surface is viewed, allowing the viewer to see the view-ee in various different lights, and aspects. So nothing is viewed from a single perspective. But rather is in a constant state of flux. So for Edison, instead of regular old run-of-the-mill eyes that only see the outward appearance, he very clearly sees various angles of a person’s being.
Amazing as Edison’s ability was, he was not looked upon by admiring eyes. Most of the other sea creatures looked disdainfully at him, calling him names and viewing him as a freak. But Edison could see the real reasons why they made fun of him though. Most were jealous, and others were scared of what was unusual. Other whales who knew him best would call him names and teasingly ask him how he sleeps at night? Life with light bulbs for eyes was a burden for poor Edison and everyone made sure to remind him of this.
After a day of excessive jeering and jesting at Edison’s expense, he decided to take a swim to a peaceful area where he could be alone with his thoughts. Edison was so depressed that he grew angry at himself, cursing the eyes that he had, seeing them as a burden rather than a gift. He made a decision. He would rather be blind that have this burden any longer. He spotted a large rock a few meters out and decided to swim at full speed, crashing into the rock breaking his light bulb eyes and riding him of this curse once and for all. Edison lined himself up and shot towards the rock like a bullet.  As he approached the rock at great speed, he suddenly saw something that made him twist at the last moment and avoid the blinding collision. This rock was no rock. It was another whale! Edison turned around and examined the whale, which he found to be female. She was lying there, presumably dead. Her eyes were closed and she wasn’t moving. Edison could detect a very faint feeling from her of deep sadness, loneliness and abandonment. But even more interesting was a large metal panel of sorts formed to her back that ran from head to tail. Edison floated above her, intrigued and curious to take a closer look at the panel. Suddenly a few tiny lights started to flash on the panel and she began to move and open her eyes. Under closer scrutiny, Edison saw that they were solar panels that his eyes had apparently charged and brought life to the slumbering Whaless. Slowly she looked up at Edison as a smile grew on her lips. “Thank you” she said weakly. She tilted her head thoughtfully and added. “You have such beautiful eyes”. Edison now saw that the she-whale’s sadness and lonliness was fading, being replaced with happiness and contentment. The more she smiled at him, the more brightly his eyes shone, charging her panels and giving life to her smile. It was the perfect circle of symbiosis. As they swam off together, Edison then understood that they were, quite literally, made for each other.
 
 
 


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