him, resting on the seventh day.
He inquired of God "Where have you been?"
God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction, and proudly pointed downwards
through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."
Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?"
"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to
call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."
"Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm still confused."
God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For example,
northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while
southern Europe is going to be poor.
Over there I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a
continent of black people. Balance in all things," God continued
pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while
this one will be very cold and covered in ice."
The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and
said, "What's that one?"
"Ah," said God "That's Washington State, the most glorious place on
earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes,
forests, hills, and plains. The people from Washington State are going to
be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to be
found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking,
high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as
diplomats, and carriers of peace."
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about
balance, God? You said there would be balance."
God smiled, "There is another Washington. Wait till you see the idiots
I put there.
Robert V. Keeley