Once upon a time, many years ago, God decided to make all humans in pairs. God saw the unrest and unfitting relationships on earth, and He saw the loneliness of His children. His first children had been Adam and Eve, and He remembered the happiness and completeness He had seen in their togetherness. And so, His decision was made.For every man He made, He fashioned a complementary woman. He made a perfect partner for every human He sent to earth. He had to be careful in His design and make sure their paths crossed and that they found each other. There was only one thing: He did not share this secret with His children.
God had been busy working on a rather special child. He wanted this son of His to be an embodiment of the human virtues. So he made him an honest, kind, righteous, intelligent, charitable, charming and handsome man. But then He took away his handsomeness. He remembered Narcissus and He worried that the child would grow up to be vain, and that his other virtues would be eclipsed by his beauty. When God finished His handiwork, he was quite pleased and immediately sent the child to earth. The next step was to create a partner for the child, to meet in his adulthood, to cherish and to love for the rest of his life.
But then God looked at the earth. Humans, unaware that they had a soul mate waiting somewhere for them, hastened into relationships, making inopportune decisions based on attraction, solitude or simply the pressure of society. In spite of His efforts, the loneliness and unhappiness of His children continued. God grew angry. If humans could not appreciate their gifts, then He felt they were not worthy of His precious gift to them: the gift of soul mates.
Many human years passed. One fine day, He once again chanced upon the special boy He had created almost a decade ago. He saw His son, the most perfect human He had ever made. And He suddenly realized that in His anger He had never made a partner for this little boy. He realized that the child would grow up, never find someone worthy of him and perhaps live his life in isolation. With this realization, all His anger faded and He decided to make a partner for His most precious child. He fervently hoped that it was not too late- His son would wait, he would understand, he would realize that God had something special in store for him.
Thus motivated by His love for the boy God set about to create a woman for him. He molded her out of the same core values as the boy, and then introduced enough differences for them to complement each other and be partners instead of mirror images. He made her with such care that it was almost a whole year later, that the little girl was sent to earth to find her way to the boy she had been made for. The boy and girl grew up in different cities, oblivious to each other’s existence, but on paths that were destined for collision.
The Fates had watched the boy silently for years, as they now watched the baby girl. They knew the design God had laid out for the boy and the girl, as they knew everything there was to know. They kept a close watch over the little, cherubic girl who was destined to grow into a beautiful young woman and meet the boy she had been made for: the most perfect human, God had ever created.
The Fates, themselves were wrinkled old women, who had the singular responsibility of watching over the fate of humans and weaving the threads of their destiny. They loathed the girl, who was barely a child, for the happiness written in her fate. So, they set about interweaving strands of troubles, pain and hurt into her already woven fate. They hoped to break her spirit and make her unworthy of the boy. But God had created her with great care, and given her the strongest of spirits to make her right for the spirited boy He had made with such love.
When the girl bordered on adulthood, the Fates decided to make one last ploy. They engineered a meeting of the wonderful boy who had matured into a distinguished man with a beautiful, sweet girl who seemed to be perfect for him. The boy had always had faith in God’s design, believed that someone somewhere was made for him. He had patiently waited, kept to himself, not hastened into folly like his fellow human being. So, when he met the girl, he was ecstatic to have found what he saw as a perfect partner for himself. Within a year they were married, bound by vows for the rest of their lives.
A few years later, the now married man and the girl, who was now a woman in her own right, met as God had designed their life paths to cross. The connection was instantaneous, as it is with soul mates. It took only a single glance for their souls to recognize their missing halves, and only a moment for their hearts to recognize a beat that was in sync with their own.
Alas! The man had vowed to be with another, and God had made him a man of his word. The man lived happily ever after, except for those moments when he thought of the woman made for him and what life could have been with her. The woman never found another to match the feeling of completeness she had felt when she had gazed at the man meant for her. The Fates rejoiced at the success of their mischief and God wept at His daughter’s pain.
And so, the man and woman, who were made for each other, lived without one another.