The Bellermann Hypnotist #1
Benedikt Bock / Anfang Aller Enden
August 6 – 22, 2021
Excerpt from “His Hobby was the Destruction of Humankind”
[…] THE OTHER: Well? Do you have an answer? I don’t either. I just have the feeling that all these extreme things like hatred, fighting, and revolt also don’t get us anywhere. We have to see that we can live well now and that our children can do so as well, don’t you think? That’s why we are having this party today! There are more of us and our children are healthy. That’s a reason to celebrate, isn’t it?
I didn’t say a word.
THE OTHER: And to keep this happy and peaceful state, us ducks in the wild have agreed that appearing in front of humans, as you say, as clumsy, cute, and entertaining is a good strategy. Humans, you know, they’re nothing but feeling-driven mammals. And you’ve got to take advantage of it when you get the chance! We are trying to get people to become emotionally attached to us. If you look at history, you can sum it up by saying one thing: the things one loves, one is less likely to kill. Don’t you think?
Not even in my wildest dreams would I have thought ducks capable of so much strategic thinking. In a way, their position was even impressive. Humans responded to the ducks with love and breadcrumbs, and the ducks laughed up their sleeves. Brilliant. But I couldn’t admit that to the ducks. […]