November 12th, 2010

Writer's Block: BFFs

If you were in solitary confinement for the rest of your life, and you discovered a cockroach in your room, would you kill it or make it your friend?

I'd name it (him? her?) Gregor and maybe it would do whatever cockroaches do that is similar.  I doubt that my captors could have a great deal of concern for my comfort or safety, so what possible additional harm would a cockroach be?  If solitary is really solitary, the opportunities for fresh perceptions of reality would be almost endless.  Perhaps i would go mad, but what is madness but the failure of self-defined sane people to comprehend somebody.  Since other humans would be irrelevant (if solitary were truly solitary) the possibilities of a human/ cockroach relationship might be interesting.  This is assuming that no other cockroaches entered the cell which is unlikely since they can go almost anywhere.  To be the single "alien" in a community of roaches might cause a rethink; but one cockroach and me would not seem to be much of a problem.  Would i make it my friend?  I would try, but i don't make friends easily.  Now i am thinking of the movie "enemy mine" which poses a similar issue though the "non-human" character does not much resemble a cockroach.  The "human" ends up defending the "alien's" child against other humans.