The year of recovery and conversion-The Rules of Retribution Part 22

Last year's theme was 'survival' on every level, global and personal. There is no need to repeat what the world had to endure, so just a short update on my situation. I was assaulted by a black thief and left unconscious on the street of Paris. However, it had a somewhat comforting twist that I wish to share with you. 

I woke up in the hospital's emergency ward, but I was discharged despite my inability to see well due to double vision. The hospital insisted that I had always had this problem, but I had never been aware of it. Excuse me?  I would have noticed such a severe birth defect a lot sooner. Furthermore, the nurse, he angrily ushered me out on the street after 02:00 am! That was much later than my assault, which happened at around 23:30! I could have met with another assault, but my mobile phone had been stolen to call a taxi. I had no option but to hurry back to my apartment, navigating through the dark streets of Paris alone with limited vision. I just prayed to God for protection. 

Once home, I searched for a new doctor online. There was one specialist on brain and nerves available the following evening. There was no photo of the doctor, but I had to book him. Astute readers may have guessed already that the doctor would be a black man. The doctor had served as an intern in the UK and spoke fluent English with a British accent. He flipped through the discharge report from the hospital and saw that internal bleeding in my brain happened in a vertical matter. 'That is where the nerves support eyes and the sense of direction. You would suffer from double vision with one sight vertically on the other.' Oh, my! 

That was indeed happening to me. The doctor encouraged me that it would fix itself when the blood got absorbed back into the brain, and I should avoid anything that would raise my blood pressure. His words removed fear and stress from me, which helped lower my blood pressure. Weeks later, my eyesight improved. The only thing that still looks slightly double is the moon…but I am grateful for having reached this far in recovery. The encounter with this black doctor also normalized my attitude in a certain area. 

I, therefore, welcome the new year with 'recovery' and hope for more positive 'conversion' in the mind of some men toying with the idea of femicide, or their mothers who keep abetting their sons to abuse their power over sisters, probably in hope to manipulate the world through their sons.

Eve thinks to herself: I resigned myself to my fate until I snapped one day. The scene switches to Roman era, where soldiers defiled women. Eve snaps at Goddess IRIS: Why don't you empower women, some Goddess you are! IRIS replies weakly: I tried it once, but men were equally empowered by the universe. EVE looks agape: So women must stay weaker because I was made for Adam? IRIS speaks as though to convince herself: Maybe the universe tests women and men differently.   Perhaps, women must overcome all odds, while...
men try to fight the urge to abuse their advantage over the weak  EVE stands tall and thinks to herself: I didn't quite understand her then, but I have taken control of my life ever since. Eve changes into an Asian courtesan, and then Marilyn Monroe manipulating men. Eve reflecs to herself: probably not the way IRIS meant, but you have to start somewhere.  The scene switches to Paris at night with the Effel tower.  Omelette the dog spirit asks Goddess IRIS where she is taking them to.



SERPENT, aka NAGA, the eight-headed deity.  The snake represents the frailty that sees us stray from the path and often into darkness.  Big predators make the headlines, but ordinary people are tempted to commit small-scale cheating when shielded under the mantle of anonymity.  On good days we can fight off the temptation, but on bad days when we have just lost something and the world seems unfair, our hands reach out for it while a sinking feeling spreads inside our hearts, warning us that this is not the way to get even with life.  However, God or the universe may not mind if the gain is minimal?  So we tell ourselves.

NAGA represents the second chance and atonement in life.  

GODDESS IRIS/NEMESIS: Instead of picking one from the existing religions, all of which I respect, I opted to represent the universe's will via Goddess IRIS.  God gave us light, and Goddess followed it up with the sound, but as sound travels slower than light, no one knows her existence despite benefiting from her gift, music.  Something turned this once open-book IRIS into NEMESIS, Goddess of Retribution.

THE SPIRIT of LOUIS XIII: The king of France who reigned from 14 May 1610 to 14 May 1643.  Enigmatic character the world may not have fully appreciated, not unlike the current, which can be substantial even if the river looks calm.

OMELETTE: the dog who was the pet of Louis XIII in its former life.

TRUST: The Nephilim, rejected by the angels and the man, opted to take over the dark throne vacated by the Serpent.  Devil was the name imposed on the Nephilim by the man, while the name he chose for himself is TRUST.

ADAM: Of course, the first man created after the shape of God.  He is remorseful for caving into the peer pressure and distorting the reputation of IRIS.

EVE: The second woman created from Adam's rib.  For centuries she used feminine wiles to manipulate men to overcome the massive disadvantages