May 13, 2015

Warren Cassell’s Story

Warren Cassell is one of the leaders sponsored by the AUC Alumni Association. Here is one of his stories:

The forest was an entirely new world. As the rattling wind swam throughout the tree tops, the leaves danced in an angry rage. The noises of roaming insects and animals completely drowned out the construction noises of the new town development. Actually not even the scorching, fiery hot rays of Montserrat’s sun could pierce through the thick green blanket of leaves that kept the floor and entire atmosphere in the Centre Hills moist and air conditioned cool.

The gay atmosphere of the forest made it hard to remember that just a few miles away was a ghost town covered in tons of volcanic ash. However one should not be fooled by the forest’s exclusion and remoteness. It still had it’s issues.

“I can’t believe this is happening.” Sweeney yelled to the top of his voice. He was a giant dark green and black spotted mountain chicken who had suffered several losses in a relatively short period of time, “Most of my friends and family have died. I haven’t been able to spend much time with the ones who are still here because every second of my long days are spent helplessly searching for an ever depleting source of food.”

The mountain chicken population on the island had been dying at a rapid speed ever since infected mountain chickens imported from Dominica were introduced to the population. Night and day Sweeney wept and complained about his losses, and his issues. He had become a victim of life despite not contracting the disease. He never decided to celebrate his life and make the most out of it.

There are many people like that in the real world. They have become victims of life because they refuse to move on from the past. Eight months after, Sweeney physically passed away from contracting the disease. However in reality he had died long before. His last moments in the beautiful forest were wasted weeping on things out of his control.

Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow. – L. Ron Hubbard