Little Moby Dick was convinced someone was out to get him.
Even though he never did nothin’ to no one.
Well, not intentionally, at least.
Actually, now that he thinks about it, there was this one time that he was out and about on the open seas, minding his little own business, when he accidentally collided with a small to medium sized fishing boat.
He didn’t think he hurt anyone, but one fellow in particular got really angry and started cursing at him.
Little Moby didn’t know what to do. So he swam off, not wanting to further inflame the situation.
Ever since then, Little Moby Dick has harbored a sneaking suspicion that someone was out to get him.
He spends most of his energy keeping an out for anyone trying get him.
You might call it a whale’s hunch or a fish’s intuition but all the other whales just called him crazy.
“You’re just paranoid, Little Moby,” the other whales would say.
And maybe they were right.
But, he wasn’t all that crazy to be a little paranoid. You’d be paranoid, too, if you were such a unique little whale and you stuck out like a big white diamond in the open sea.
And if we’re being honest, how many angles does he have to keep an eye on? Up, down, left, right, forward, back and a million gradients in between! Human beings only have to keep an eye out for about half that.
And on top of it all, have you seen the cost of whale oil recently!? Folks don’t just ask for that stuff politely, you know, they take it.
So, you can understand why Little Moby would be a little paranoid.
Besides, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get you.
We’ve all gotta surface at some point. Little Moby Dick is no exception. That’s when we all figure out if the paranoia was just fear by another name or caution by the same.