Lafo Forgxiston for personally conducting me on this tour of Merdo Amaso Island here in the...
Tetrarch Lafo Forgxiston: Please! Don't mention our location specifically. We are a nation of philosophers. We survive in privacy.
Geo.: May I say that we are guests in an uncharted spot among the outer Azores?
Tet.: Yes, but not a Portuguese possession. We are independent. Our national language is Esperanto, mainly derived from Galatian, thousands of years ago.
Geo.: Excuse me Tetrarch, Esperanto was a language invented by L. L. Zamenhof in the 1880s.
Tet.: We do not disagree here, nor do we argue, but your understandable misinformation was widely spread from this island to illustrate a point made by our greatest philosopher: "Kelkfoje ŝajnas ke ni estas ne tre brila."
Geo.: Which means?
Tet.: "Sometimes it seems we are not very bright."
Geo.: Profound. Who is this "greatest philosopher"?
Geo.: I see. Is this saying repeated often?
Tet.: Almost constantly, but is expressed only by shrugging. One cannot argue a shrug. Since we are all philosophers, it was considered a conversational courtesy of minimal social disruption.
Geo.: What can you tell me about your cultural legends --your Creation Myth?
Tet.: According to myth, the Colossus Of Rhodes waded away from his foundations in a panic induced by volcanic distress and dropped igneous excretions here, and that's how Merdo Amaso came to be. A sad tale and, in consideration of all sufferers, we do not elaborate upon it.
Geo.: And the universe?
Tet.: Direct your attention to our Capitol building. The question mark on top refers to the Logos, the causal Word of all things. In the beginning, there was nothing. Nothing was divided by an interrogative. All that exists is the quotient.
Geo.: I see. And what of the inscription over the entrance?
Tet.: It is a concept, an instruction that has spread over the entire world, appearing in every language in every nation. Buildings of all sorts, public edifices and private businesses, display it to keep the flow of humanity safely unimpeded through their doors. You may consult the lexicon in your guidebook to translate it.
Geo.: Oh my! I certainly recognize it!