05:  THE DAY THE PLANES ALL STOPPED


The day the planes all stopped the animals thought mankind had finally come to its senses.  But it wasn't so.  Oh no.  The birds relayed the word through the animal world by fence and branch and field and wire, singing we'd become like them.

One day we'll hang in a museum, and though they try they'll never guess: the cause of our complete extinction was simple PETTINESS. 

It was not long before that familiar roar began to fill the skies all over.  And fires sprang up on the earth.

We're busy patching up that hole that human kindness used to dribble through.  Our pettiness will have to guide us till we learn how birds muddle through: one simple rule (from nest to dust), that gravity is a law that must be disobeyed at any cost.

The day the planes all stopped the animals thought mankind had finally come to its senses.  But it wasn't so.  Oh no.