each person was born holding an identical rock.
each rock has many brilliant specks.
each speck represents something to care about as the person goes through life;
this makes each rock very heavy.
some people joined with others
to care for all the things reflected by the specks,
making each responsibility seem lighter.
they found when two or more people carried the rocks together,
the process was more joyful.
at seventeen, I announced my plans to visit a different solar system;
"you're not going there!" scoffed a neighbour.
"yes, I am - I'm going in two weeks."
my visit went very well;
at eighteen, I moved to that solar system.
as a newcomer, I found myself in discussions about intergalactic matters.
I would comment on how I liked the new solar system and felt at home;
"we're not perfect," said one resident, "we have problems too."
"I know," I responded, "but the major problems in the solar system I came from
either don't exist here or are much less significant."