God, having finally completed the creation of Earth, put down his tools, sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds.
“Look, Michael, look what I’ve made”, he called out to one of the angels.
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, “What is it Lord?”
“It’s a planet”, replied God, “and I’ve put Life on it. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s going to be a great place of balance”.
“Balance?” inquired Michael, still rather confused.
God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth. “This area here for example”, he said, pointing to Northern Europe, “will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while Southern Europe is going to be poor”.
“Over there”, God continued, pointing to North America, “I’ve placed a continent of white people, and over there”, he said, pointing to Africa, “is a continent of black people. Balance in all things Michael, balance in all things”.
God continued pointing to different countries and explaining his idea of balance.
“This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice”.
The Archangel, impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a land mass and said, “What’s that one Lord?”
“Ah”, God said, obviously proud of his handiwork. “That’s Washington State, the most glorious place on Earth. There are beautiful streams, hills, and forests. The people from Washington State are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats, and carriers of peace”.
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then proclaimed, “What about balance, God? You said there would be balance”.
God smiled at Michael. “There is another Washington Michael… just wait until you see the idiots I put there”.
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