by the rivers of Babble On

"Morning all, hope we are all well and having fun today on this bright and sunny morn," said the Multiverse to zer parts.

"Not bad, thanks Lord, all things considered, under the circumstances," responded a few of the parts.

"Has anyone seen my Son anywhere?" asked the Multiverse, aka God aka Everything That Is (ETI).

"Not in ages," responded sum of ETI's parts, "nor even aeons, or eras, nor even a couple thousand years or so, Lord, to be precise."

"No, no, not that son, the other one, the udder brudder, you know… Lucifer, the Fallen, the Evil One… that one."

"That one is always with us, Lord," replied some of the parts, "and making a bit of a nuisance of himself, Lord, to tell the truth."

"Mmm," mused ETI, "Why didn't you tell me this before? The little Beast should have been home aeons ago. I specifically told him to come straight home from Evil School!"

"We tried telling you, Lord, but you were otherwise engaged," said a brave little part.

"Say, what?!"

"Tried calling you, Lord, quite a large number of times, but just got your voicemail, so I figured you'd popped out for a coffee and doughnut."

"Why didn't you leave a message?" asked ETI.

"Gosh, Lord," said the part, "I did leave a message, several in fact. But don't you already know that, what with the omniscience and all?"

"Well, you see, here’s the thing" said ETI, "I don't want to instruct you in the meaning of your own words, tried that once before in Babble On, by the rivers of, but you see, being omniscient doesn't mean that I know everything. It means I know everything there is to know."

"Um... if you say so, Lord," asked the confused little part, "But what's the difference between knowing everything and knowing everything there is to know? Lord?"

"If you don't know now you never will," replied ETI, "but I'll give you a hint: the difference is a similar difference to that which applies between the All and the One."

"Well that's just clear as mud," said the part, "thanks heaps Lord, you've been a great help."

"Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit," replied ETI, subsuming the One into the All.

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