A zillion light years away (or maybe a billion zillion, no-one is sure) is a planet.

Sp 1 Derman (our name; we do not know what they call their own planet).

A beautiful planet with a very advanced civilisation. People must have visited or at least dreamt of Sp 1 Derman, because occassionally you can see pictures of whispy, dreamlike, sea and lanscapes; of creatures, unfocussed, blurred but delicate, beautiful, graceful and peaceful.

There is no war on Sp 1 Derman; there is a balanced social system that ensures all are fed, housed, given care and opportunity. There is no envy or greed on Sp 1 Derman. Sharing and tolerance is a global ‘given’.

There are families on Sp 1 Derman. The family unit is much as you would expect with one unusual attribute. When the offspring are born the parents create gossamer strands, much like a thin web from a spider, which surrounds and protects the babies like a basket. These gossamer strands, called myrmnths, are incredibly special. They are invisible to all but the most powerful microscope, they cannot be physically felt –  but they are there. They are comprised of very tiny electrical charges.

Myrmnths, although amazingly delicate, are also incredibly strong. They cannot be broken. As a mother moves further away from her child the myrmnth stretches, without loss of connection, to accommodate: and, equally as mother and child move closer then the myrmnth contracts.

Myrmnths are not affected by physical objects as, like X-Rays, they can continue their connection through buildings, mountains, anything.

Between mother and baby there is a single myrmnth in which the tiny electrical charges can travel either way. This is the single strongest myrmnth. As the child grows the myrmnth changes. For the baby it is a single strand, but as the child ages, the single strand gradually metamorphoses into two strands, one with the connection from child to mother and one the other way round. By the time the child reaches adulthood the myrmnths are completely separate, although each has a wonderfully strong bond.

Between the father and child the same happens.

If we had the eyes to see, we would notice the finest, silvery thread somehow coming from the parents heart and connected to the child’s heart. Despite it’s fineness, and the way it wafts slightly in the breeze and appears so fragile, it is, as I said, so strong it cannot be pulled apart.

Between father and mother there is also a multiple connection. In fact, between adults the connections can become very complex. As well as the differing path of each connection, there are different types of myrmnth.

The most pure, ‘silver myrmnth’  connects parent with child.

Between siblings a more complex stream of ‘gold myrmnths’ create a familial grouping like a beautiful network of interwoven golden threads: complex and yet still so simple, as each connects one heart to another.

In the social world of Sp 1 Derman, the subtle and graceful threads of myrmnth bind the world, by connecting family groups and ensuring interactions are balanced, fair and equal.

Look closer at those impressions of Sp 1 Derman and see if you can just make out the myrmnths and their connections:

Between lovers it gets the most complex.

Love often begins with lust or intrigue or admiration. The initial myrmnths between two so attracted can take any myriad number of forms and they reflect the attraction. For example if the attraction is physical from one to the other then a temporary (not a complete connection, but more of an exploratory connection) myrmnth is created that passes from eye to eye; and if the response is lustful, a similar connection is created back from groin to groin.

Of course, the actual connections are multiple: a veritable network, a maze of temporary myrmnths connect in either direction dependent on the multiple thoughts: attractiveness (face, body, hands, legs), lustfulness, compatibility, intelligence, sensuousness, empathy – wherever the unguarded brain finds attraction.

As lovers-to-be grow together, the entangled myrmnths rearrange to form more tidy connections, but as they are lovers, the brain, the eyes, the heart, the groin are connected all in different ways. Also the temporary myrmnths either dispel or grow permanent. In fact during mating the connections most stimulated actually grow in power and intensity, and the electrical charge grows and heats, sometimes incandescent, sometimes actually visible

I mentioned that myrmnths could not be broken, but lovers who drift apart or who split and find new lovers, will find that their myrmnths eventually begin to fade, to lose power and finally to be no more as like a battery slowly drains. It can often happen that myrmnths in one direction can fade whilst the reciprocal ones remain, as one lover moves on, to the disappointment of the other.

Fortunately, as the inhabitants of Sp 1 Derman, are immune from envy and jealousy, they are able through superior self will and determination to manage through any disappoinments and pain.

They are intelligent, thoughtful, creative, empathetic, adaptable, passionate and kindly. They are beautiful.

It is a beautiful world.