There were many winks and smirks in the sphinx works shop, mostly in spurts. Gossip was rampant with the poverty stricken workers. Outside The ghost writers assembled around the jadegreen vined gravestone.
Making exact replicas of the mighty sphinx of ancient Egypt had become quite popular among the 1% which most of the 99% served in one way or the other. The ghost writers had the ability to find stories in the minds of others and writing a lot of fiction based on real stories. There were and endless supply of real stories and of course some of them are quite fantastic, unbelievable even.
The scope of human experiences is on the scale of the numbers of grains of sand on the planet. This town if you call it that was extraordinary in so many ways. Its history read like fairy tales with extraterrestrials, treasure chests filled with jewels, murders, etc. the whole gamet, most of it singular, that is, not repeatable. There was a rumor that a recent visitor had floated in on anti gravity machine with an invisible shield. And of course 99% believed it immediately, and it was true.
The town was subject to all the nuances that each resident felt inside and was a very accurate reflection of that. And on the whole it was beautiful, but there would be breaches in the tranquil air at times and that kept everyone on their toes so to speak and with the violent women, because this town was infamous for its violent women, most of the men were “walking on eggs” so to speak, sometimes tippy toe. This created an invisible tension in the air, which some of the more sensitive citizens could feel. There was so much going on under the surface. Many people who looked happy were actually unhappy. There were bearing some cross and were being worn down as each day passed until they would be compressed and plodding, to the point of exploding or imploding.
The need for money pressed down on everyone and the thought of not having enough or how to make some, was what constantly took up space in their minds. This had a deleterious affect on them, as if living in a commercialized world wasn't bad enough, their minds were contaminated by the constancy of this burden. This translated into a serious, hard nose attitude in general and only the children would be exuberently wild and playful. The adults were all about business. Ouch.
But with the influx of foreigners, they were able to observe how it was possible to live frivilously and at first they looked down on this seemingly superficial manner, but with time they began to yearn to be so, like children and unburdened of any and all responsibility. When one day a man came to town who was an expert at play. And he would play with anything, everything, and anyone all the time. He had a very playful attitude. Sometimes it was so simple that it was almost simplistic. If you have watched how children play, there is a lot of copying, a lot of openness to whatever comes out of it and that is what he taught the adults how to do, that is, how to be open to the most ridiculous or seemingly meaningless type of play. People were enamored by this kind of experience, it was so lacking in their daily lives, it made them feel so good, so happy.
After awhile almost the whole town, locals and foreigners were playing every time there was any kind of interchange. It was amazing, the whole town was laughing all the time. People started to like one another and relate to each other thru play. There was one resident who believed that skipping, simply skipping is what the world needed. So amongst all the players he would skip around the plaza in a very playful way and soon one person joined him and following some algorithem, it would grow exponentially until it was like a swarm and totally crazy. The town had become so playful and crazy that it was soon known as the happiest place on the planet, and teams of scientists would come to study the inhabitants to be able to understand what exactly was happening and why were they so happy, etc. they would interview children and adults and get different answers from everyone, but all positive. They measured hospital visits, etc. and found that people needed less and less medical attention. That the play and skipping seemed to have a positive effect on health.
They had contests, like who could do the silliest thing.The silliest thing anyone did was 4 people juggling their eyes up and down. But they got better and better over time coming up with supersilly ridiculous ideas. One idea was to have a contest for the best design for the silliest possible statue.
They were taking silliness to new heights, making things laughingly ridiculous. So that people were laughing out loud all over the place, most all the time, with the sacred tranquility, the back drop.