The thinker and the parrot.
Once upon a time a thinker was sleeping in its hammock
when it happened that a parrot dropped by to ask him what was
that thing he had never seen before.
_Well, waking up from a sound sleep, the thinker said,what
is a hammock is a question that makes me remember of Plato.I mean,
at that time, if Plato were to think of hammocks I think he would first
look for definitions of it.
_The parrot not wanting to take too long to get the answer
risked some questions it thought would help him to get the answer
fast:Is it a net? Is it a swing? Is it a web? I think it is a bed?
_The thinker said: Well may be you are right may be we should
first look for the definition of a bed just in order to make it clear what
it is a hammock.
The parrot not wanting to wait for the answer still ads:
_Does the spider live in a swing or in a bed ? Does the spider
sleep well ?
_Ok said the thinker: My little parrot , if you want to know
what is it I tell you it is a hammock but if you want to know what
a hammock is you will have to wait till I have it conceived properly,
since I am a serious thinker and you should have thought twice
before taking me out of my dreams OK and if you do not want to
become atoasted bird be quiet while I think and I'm talking serious.
_Ok! Ok! Thinker ! go ahead said the parrot. I can wait for a
while for your answer.
_ So you please be patient. Well let me proceed. Well my
friend let's think if there is a special reason for hammocks come
into existence? Who has contrieved this artifact. Where hammocks
first appeared? It is well known that hammocks have first appeared
in tropical rain forests. My little parrot think what it would be like to
be sleeping on the ground and to be awaken in the middle of the night
in the forest by the rainwater or by the river water coming underneath
and soaking all of your mattress up.
Well that would be very uncomfortable wouldn't that? Of course
being you the bird you are you wold not have so much to worry about
theese things since you live in the trees. Then, let's firs try to define
a hammock as an elevated bed to prevent the flood. Yes! that's it, one
could say. But, anyway, isn't it also a swing? Well in fact it is a swing too.
_ Ok! Ok! Said the parrot. I am satisfied with that answer. It
is a swing. Thank you for the answer Sir. I am going now. Bye! Bye!
- Wait you little bird! I did not told you can go as yet!
And yet that it is a swing and you have no hurry since you did not thought
twice before taking me out of my nap. So ,be patient!
Let's think again.
The Thinker goes on.....
In the tropical woods it is hot and there are many kind of
insects as you know. And if you had already gone through the
experience of being in a hammock, swinging in it, while you are at
rest, you would know that one of the words to depict the feeling you
have in it is "refreshing" , specially if the hammock is made meshy and the
weather is hot to the point of making you to sweat.Still, the swinging,
besides refreshing your body,as I was going to say, also prevent some
mosquito bites. So, one could ask if a hammock is some apparatus to
prevent insect bites or that it is some kind of tropical refresher.Yet after
that, someone could still say: It is also good to sleep in it and to swing
and so on and no definition would come through. Well, I'd rather to
say,that a hammock is a bi-pendulous device with many functions and
qualities. Now I think we have a definition here! A hammock is a
_Now I understand,said the parrot, it is a bi-pendulous
_Thank you for the answer. I will try to theory of that.
Bye Bye Mister Thinker! Thank you for your answer.
_ You stay quiet you little bird! Replied the thinker.Now you
will have to wait till the end. And do not move till I have got to the
right answer for the question you have asked me when I was just
sleeping you little green thing. Let's continue. Someone could still
say " a park swing is a bi pendulous device as well isn't it"...Yes... let's say
yes... it is;;; right;;; but ... consider that a hammock has between its
hanging points a greater distance than a park's swing does. Better, the
spread between the hanger is at least 5 times the spread in a park
swing and it is to lay in not to seat. Well I should say at this point that
a hammock is a kind of bi-pendulous swinging bed built from some
kind of extendable tissue as cotton , nylon or mesh fiber in a
rectangular shape which lesser sides are gathered together to allow it
to be gathered and hanged, being the distance between the anchors
a little smaller than the length of the rectangular tissue what gives it,
a convex form , allowing its user to lay in a webbing, sustainable and
_ At this time the thinker looked up to the trees just to see the
parrot sleeping perched one foot. He picks the parrot, lays it in the
hammock and says : parrot is a bird that is much more to talk than to
think. Sleep well sweet bird sleep in a refreshing hammock while I rock
this swing for you , stay away from floods, mosquito bites and have good
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