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….. A2 lived in Flat Land. Everything in Flat Land had just two dimensions, height and breadth. Nothing had depth. If a friend turned sideways, you couldn’t see him. People lived in flat houses, ate flat meals, drank flat cokes, thought flat thoughts, and lived flat lives. A2 taught higher mathematics at the university. One night, he threw a party for some of his friends.
Upstairs his precocious little son, Pentagon, tried to sleep. As he tossed on his bed, he began to dream. He dreamt a dream no one had dreamt before. Suddenly, Pentagon dreamt that everything had not only height and breadth, but depth! Houses and trees and especially girls looked so different. He felt different. Life took on a whole new scope. This new dimension affected the way people thought and acted. Then, as unexpectedly as it had started, the dream ended. Pentagon couldn’t keep a dream like that locked up inside himself. His bare feet hit the floor and carried him downstairs right into the middle of his father’s party. There he stood in his rumpled pajamas pouring out a dream of an unheard-of dimension of life. Pentagon tried to explain what depth looked like and felt like. People didn’t have to go on living flat little lives and thinking flat little thoughts. They could sink their roots down into a whole new dimension of depth.
A2 couldn’t hide his embarrassment. Nor could he shut Pentagon up. The party ended in a shambles. Far into the night A2 tried to reason with his son, but Pentagon stamped his foot and kept saying that another dimension of life existed.
The next morning, Pentagon talked to anybody who would listen. People thought the poor boy had lost touch with reality. So for the sake of his sanity and theirs, they locked him up .
People are living in a flat land. They have lost the dimension of depth……
(This version by – Osho, in "The Perfect Master Vol.1")
1. Flat land – A Romance of Many Dimensions by A Square (Edwin A. Abbott)
3. http://www.flatlandthemovie.com/ - the movie version
4. Osho’s version – Chapter 2, The Perfect Master Vol 1 by Osho.