Art & Mite

Common Household Items Can Doom Nascent Civilizations

The dust mites were tired of their seemingly aimless existence, and so they decided to do something about it. They formed an art collective, and a literary circle to express, explore, and share their creative impulses. This led to a dust mite renaissance, and the increased creativity and contemplation among the mites, coupled with their new found hunger for the written word, led to their rapid progress on the scientific front too. It was their embrace of art that set the mites on the first steps of a road to establishing a truly “mitey” civilization.

But records show that all this was destroyed by the arrival of an unprecedented Dyson storm or Hoover hurricane. It came as if from nowhere, and tore the community apart with a powerful vortex that mercilessly ripped them from the earth and whisked them away. Their hopes and dreams had been carried off in the grip of a mindless chaotic force of nature. But it is said that there was purpose behind the chaos, and structure to the whirlwinds.

There are those who say that they were not instantly destroyed, but purposely carried off into a vast crystal prison that trapped and doomed their nascent civilization. This meant more than their destruction, it meant an end to hope. For even if they survived, and lived on within crystal walls, their civilization would still be doomed. There would be no science, no new renaissance, and no hope of art for such dust mites. Why you might ask? Well, it’s as T.S. Elliot said, when he explained that no art can exist in a vacuum.

You’re welcome.

Postscript –  Before you judge this piece of whimsy to be unartistic, being a terrible pun and featuring as mundane a household appliance as a humble vacuum, then I must object and point out that T.S. Elliot also said that “a vacuum can exist in art.”

This pun is both mitey and artistic. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, no matter how spectacularly you might think it sucks. So there!