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Essay: On Abundance and Envy

"Abundantia," by Peter Paul Rubens; public domain.
"Abundantia," by Peter Paul Rubens; public domain.

Peter Paul Rubens – Abundance (Abundantia)

"Abundance," by Peter Paul Rubens; public domain.
“Abundance,” by Peter Paul Rubens; public domain.

I cruised southward alone along a curving, coastal dream road in central Maine. I suppose it might have been on the North Shore. It might have been in the Maritimes, though never having been to that region of Canada, I wouldn’t know. The sky was inhabited by a diverse population of cloud styles. In the foreground, dense, grey, self-important tufts sailed along with me at a low altitude. Above them, frivolous wisps formed and dissipated, sometimes gathering into excited groups before being dispelled by the insistent breeze. Higher still, the remainder of atmospheric bodies, dingy, off-white pedestrian slabs, lumbered at an almost imperceptible velocity, occasionally colliding with other members of their number.

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