Mr Midnight was downstairs taking a nap and was suddenly aroused by the commotion coming from the upstairs study. Allowing his inquisitiveness to take hold, he raised himself, stretched and bolted upstairs to investigate what was happening.
What´s all this racket? I was trying to get 40 winks and heard someone mention getting stroked.
I´ve found two valuable postage stamps among daddy´s philatelic objects Mr Midnight, and I just said how it was a stroke of luck.
You once told me that this “Phil” fellow was a bloke who enjoyed scrutinizing old pieces of paper with numbers and pictures upon them. Sounds like a right bunch of laughs if you ask me.
Sir Winston was very excited because he noticed that the catalogue price tag was very high.
Does that mean that we can now afford to buy lots of food sticks and you can avoid purchasing those red and yellow tins of cat-food?
I´m sorry Mr Midnight, no it doesn´t.
Sir Winston digged out the two Neapel stamps (catalogued number 8) which are from 1860, and he seemed to have got overwhelmed by things.
Catalogued? What do cats have to do with pieces of old paper? The word “catalogued” sounds dangerous to my ears.
It´s just a funny english word Mr Midnight and means that a thing has been systematically listed. Humans love doing things like that. The word has nothing to do with cats.
It´s a shame, but if the stamps were real, they would each have a catalogue value of 12000 Euros. Unfortunately, I find it hard to believe that the stamps are real.
Why not? It would be nice to have some extra paper with numbers on them with which to purchase more provisions.
I believe that they are not genuine simply because I find them to be too perfect. I would have to have them expertised if I wanted to know if they were genuine or not.
Expertised? What does that mean.
It means that somebody with expert, professional know-how, would have to take a look at them and hopefully, issue me a certificate proving that they were genuine. I would then be able to sell them at an auction if I so wished.
Purrhaps they are genuine fakes. 🙂
But why do some people go too such great lengths to produce an item which is not real and has no proper value? Isn´t that what english speaking humans call deception or is the production of such things a hobby or something?
You´re both losing me again. Deception?
As for hobbies, cats don´t need such activities. Hobbies are reserved for humans who have spare time to kill.
I think I´m going back downstairs. If there´s nothing to be gained out of this strange conversation then I think I´ll leave you both for the time being. See you later guys.
Poor Mr Midnight. He´s always thinking about his stomach.
Anyway, where were we? Ah yes, deception.
This deception thing seems to be a strong characteristic of human behaviour. Most human beings will obviously, not lower themselves to such activities, but there seems to be quite a few who are willing to go through life with such a mentality.
It´s possibly part and parcel of normal human development. There will always be some who are willing to decieve others and at the same time, not have a bad conscience about their actions.
But are they not aware of one of the most important “rules of life”?
You mean; what we do to others, comes back to us? I hardly think so. From my observations, many still do not understand that goodness attracts goodness, as does the reverse.
Most people of the Christian faith know of such a rule written in the Bible. Mark, chapter 12, verse 31. It reads; “Love thy neighbour as yourself”
The problem seems to be that the words are not “felt” by the individual, but simpy read as words. If one did understand this very basic rule, I believe that our planet would stand a chance of discovering genuine empathy, thus making the path free for real peace on earth.
You humans do seem to have the knack of being unable to live in peace.
I also believe that it is important to discover who we really are and what OUR truth may be. Most present day modern humans seem to either simply take for granted what past generations thought or blindly believe in what modern society believes to be “known” as the truth. Modern societies beliefs are not necessarily the “real truth” but are simply the thoughts of what others believe, or believed, to be the truth. Ideas, thoughts and beliefs are often copied without much of the individuals own thoughts being put to use in the process.
So you´re implying that humans have a great tendency to copy one another with many of them, not using their own heads to discover what their own truth may be?
I suppose I am SIr WInston.
If we´re not aware of who we really are then how are we to know what is true, and what is false?
Humans tend to place too much emphasis upon experiences and the knowledge of past generations in which to “master” present day life. Naturally, one does not have to throw past knowledge and rituals “over-board”, but relying upon “past-performance” as a scale for “present-day activities” puts pressure on our present social systems. In my opinion, that is why the “civilised”, modern world is crumbling all around us.
In a certain way, one could pronounce that the modern human being has a tendency to often live life as a fake (convieniently prefering to avoid reality and their own true, real identity) because of unconsciously, living the life of somebody who perhaps, they are not.
If what I say has any basis for truth, one could declare that a person not living in accordance to their “genuine-self” would be living a fake life – at least as regards themselves. On the other hand, the actions and behaviour of modern society is possibly “normal procedure” for the human race in which case, we are all on the right path. It´s just a pity we have to destroy so much in the process.
Faking, being untrue to oneself, avoiding your surroundings and at the same time, placing little value upon being genuine; all this seems to be a mentality, typical for modern humans.
But why take it out on poor postage stamps? They are such pretty things.
Probably because some humans believe that they can get away with their actions and make fast money.
Here´s a stamp which has been expertised. Although very small, you can notice the examiners mark and catalogue information (such as watermark and catalogue number) in the bottom left-hand corners.
That´s great! So these four stamps are really genuine. 🙂
That´s right. I also have two other stamps lying around somewhere which I will someday, send to the examiners. They are the 1853, 1 Cent and 4 Cents British Guiana postage stamps.
If these two stamps were real, would Mr Midnight´s food rations be increased?
Possibly, although it does depend on if he´s a good boy and if I decide to sell them both. Let´s keep quiet about these two Sir Winston. We don´t want to stir false hopes for Mr Midnight do we.
Sure thing. My lips are sealed. 🙂
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