The wonderful stranger
In “A stranger’s wonderful chronicles”*
By Antoine Archange Raphael
The wonderful stranger may embody anyone going everywhere, who thinks that he has reached civilization and has an awareness of his status. Then, as a civilized being, he can’t create fear around him. He must instead generate a feeling of trust in others by the tone of his voice, his body posture, his deeds and his gestures.
He believes in values. His primary values happen to come from biology; for, they constitute the building materials, the foundation of his being. A body represents a person’s temple. Without proper treatment, evil will invade it
He combines the Aristotelian idea of God acting as the prime Mover and with the Sartre’s suggestion according to which we are suddenly conscious of being on the boat of life. The first move pushes us forward or backward, with no guarantee of happiness. The idea of a lost traveler implies our personal endeavor to have a better and more pleasant journey.
The wonderful stranger also remembers the profound advice given by Simone De Beauvoir, according to which certain issues admit no middle course. Either you condone an atmosphere of evil or you stand against it; either you want everybody to at least satisfy their primary needs or disprove such idea; either you stand for hatred, violence, crime, prejudice or you reject them.
Then, doctrinally speaking, the wonderful stranger may hardly go wrong. He genuinely postulates that he takes all men, women, children, as his brothers, sisters or children. They must have some characteristics and qualities that make them deserve his brotherly love and concern. This is his duty to help them out; and it should be theirs to reciprocate. He presumes that he has enough of everything to give a helping hand to the needy; for, a dollar in his pocket may represent nothing for many, but it means a fortune for the homeless.
One doesn’t have to wait until he becomes famous, extremely wealthy to start acting as a solace to others. Fame and wealth may never come around in someone’s lifetime. And many, when they reach the mountain top, suffer a great deal of forgetfulness.
As the time goes by, the wonderful stranger develops some kind of sixth sense to decipher the inexpressible in others and their needs, and to act accordingly. As he said to his protégée (a waitress), “Miss, you must always practice the good. By the end of the day, you will feel great joy to have fulfilled your duty as a human being.”
Note: Both, French and English versions of this book may be found by going to www.lulu.com
There are two books available at the same site. They contain altogether 30 stories. A TV producer can easily make a serialized story out of it.