Life Of The Artist: An Allegory

Some time near the beginning of history, when everyone was alone and no one knew anything, there were three brothers who decided to start a family. Each said he would develop a trade or a skill and they would share its rewards with each other and together they would be better off than if they were alone. The first brother hunted and gathered food. At the end of each day he would bring in his kill and his find and share it with his brothers. The brothers were never hungry and the hunter/gatherer knew he was valuable and the other brothers told him how important he was as they ate each night. The second brother built secure, dry camps, and he also created fire. At the end of each day the brothers could relax because despite the rain they were dry, and despite the cold they were warm, and even though it was dark they could see. And each night the brothers could sleep easy knowing no beast could reach them because of the stalwart nature of the structure that housed them. The builder knew he was valuable and the other brothers would tell him how important he was as…

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