Suitcase: A Short Story

| May 16, 2017

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WHAT WOULD YOU PACK IN A SUITCASE FOR ETERNITY?
Data. Facts. Information. Knowledge. Wisdom.
When David describes this pyramid of wisdom to his father he doesn’t reveal that the idea came to him in a dream. It’s not a scientific theory. Nothing anyone could ever prove. It’s simply a thought-provoking notion to keep their final conversation from trailing into meaningless homilies.

BUT IS THE SEQUENCE MISSING SOMETHING?
As Harris considers the puzzle during the last few weeks of his life, he insists there is more for his son to consider. We’re not robots, he maintains. From our consciousness emerges a missing ingredient on the path to wisdom. But what is the “missing” part — and can it really help us to become wise?

“Suitcase” was first published in the Summer 1999 edition of Event Magazine. The short story stands as a complete narrative on its own, but it can be read as an epilogue to D. F. Bailey’s second novel, Healing the Dead, and the characters whose lives were warped by a tragic accident that no one foresaw or could prevent.

“You start reading Healing the Dead with a gasp and never get a proper chance to exhale.”
— Globe and Mail

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