'A good choice, Bertie,' said Stuart, as he came in to pay for the petrol. 'And how about some chocolate?'
Nobody had ever said that to Bertie before. How about some chocolate? It was not a complex phrase, but its power, its sheer, overwhelming sense of gift and possibility filled Bertie with awe. Well might more of us say these words to others, and more frequently--how healing would that prove to be. 'Look, we've had our differences, but how about some chocolate?' Or: 'I'm so very sorry, how about some chocolate?' Or simply: 'Great to see you! How about some chocolate?'
Now, I am a great lover of chocolate (65-70% cacao, with dried cherries or hazelnuts please), but I don't think that I truly realized its potential for greatness. That chocolate carries with it a power, an "overwhelming sense of gift and possibility" that fills one with awe--beautiful!
I say we start a movement. Before the opening of the UN General Assembly, we place a chocolate bar at every seat. We airlift chocolate to North Korea and Iran. We urge Hershey's to make corporate donations of chocolate in equal proportions to Republicans and Democrats! It's not just Charlie's rare golden ticket in the wrapping that fills us with a "sheer, overwhelming sense of gift and possibility"--it's the chocolate in every one! I, for one, will be working on future conflict resolution with my new found tool, chocolate.