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Subject: SLS: "Omar's Well," by Paul Andrew Mitchell

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                          "Omar's Well"


                      Paul Andrew Mitchell
                       All Rights Reserved

     There is  a scene  in the  movie "Lawrence  of Arabia," when
Lawrence meets  the Arabian warrior for the first time.  Lawrence
and another foreigner are about to drink from the only water well
for miles  around.  This rare well is surrounded by vast expanses
of scorching desert.
     Do you remember the scene?  It is an unforgettable one.
     The Arabian  warrior, dressed  in black  and  mounted  on  a
camel,  approaches   from  a  distant  horizon,  emerges  from  a
shimmering mirage, and kills the foreigner from a great distance,
with one shot, to the head.
     Lawrence is shocked and frozen with fear, not knowing why he
has been  chosen to  live,  and  the  other  foreigner  executed,
     Well, to  the average  American, the  setting  makes  little
sense, without knowing the full history of that well.  Here is my
somewhat fictional account of that history.
     Arabia had  once been this lush garden, with an abundance of
crops  and  fruit  trees.    Water  was  abundant  too,  and  the
inhabitants were  never at  a loss for good food and drink.  Wine
was plentiful  too, from  immense yields  of grapes every season,
without fail.
     The Arabians  were a generous people, who never hesitated to
share every  bit of  their wealth with all visitors from far away
places.   So, word of their generosity spread throughout the rest
of the  world, and  this, of  course, gave  ever more  visitors a
reason to come as well.
     In their  immense generosity,  the  Arabians  developed  one
unfortunate fault:   they learned to forget which of the visitors
had come  before, and  which had  come for  the first time.  This
prevented the  Arabians  from  knowing  how  many  visitors  were
returning to  steal their  wealth, rather  than to  accept  their
generosity graciously, and return it in kind.
     As time  moved inexorably forward, essential resources began
to be depleted.  The water wells were the first to become scarce.
As the  supply of  fresh water  diminished, there developed great
competition for  the dwindling  supplies, until frequent violence
broke out among the thirsty visitors.
     Since the  visitors were  unable to distinguish natives from
foreigners, it  eventually  happened  that  some  of  the  greedy
visitors began  fighting with  the natives  over the scarce water
wells.   Then, one  day, a  greedy visitor killed a native -- the
young wife  of an  Arabian prince.  This caused a terrible war to
break out.
     The war  lasted 20  years,  because  news  of  it  attracted
mercenaries from  far away, anxious to test their meddle in armed
combat.   Many people  died, both  natives  and  foreigners,  but
eventually, the natives repelled the foreigners.
     The mercenaries  were singled  out for  special  punishment:
they could never again drink from the scarce Arabian water wells,
on penalty of death.  All others must first request permission to
drink, and that permission was carefully decided.
     No one was punished for their ignorance, but all mercenaries
were presumed  to know the rules that evolved after their loss in
the war against the Arabians.
     Now, Lawrence  found himself  in the  former group,  without
really knowing it at the time.  The unfortunate foreigner, on the
other hand,  was a  mercenary who  had been  caught drinking from
this particular  well on  many occasions,  without first  getting
     So, it  was the  Right of the Arabian warrior to execute the
sentence against  this foreigner,  with  dispatch,  because  such
conduct was  exactly what  had reduced  this lush  garden into  a
scorching desert which now supported very little life.

     This story  is an  allegory.   The well  is a symbol for the
necessities of  life.   Lawrence is  a symbol  for  all  ignorant
people who  do not know the law of abundance.  The foreigner is a
symbol for  all those  people who habitually flaunt this law with
seeming impunity.   The  Arabian warrior  is the  Most High,  who
executes inevitable judgment, in due time.

     If you  expect a  talented counsel and computer professional
to provide you with free assistance, no matter how small, without
first offering  to give  something of your own, you are really no
different from the foreign mercenary who died at the well.
     Put bluntly,  if you cannot afford $10 to invest in your own
education, then  we cannot  afford the time it takes to teach you
how to  drink from  our well.   In  other words,  we then  cannot
afford each  other, because it is the freeloaders and mercenaries
who have sucked our nation dry in the first place.
     You don't want to be one of them, do you?
     The Arabian warrior approaches on the horizon.

                             #  #  #

Paul Andrew Mitchell                 : Counselor at Law, federal witness
B.A., Political Science, UCLA;  M.S., Public Administration, U.C. Irvine

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