The Drowning Mouse
This is an experiment that scientists have actually done with white mice. They trap the mouse in a jar of liquid oxygen. He resists drowning, fighting desperately to stay alive until he can fight no longer. Then his lungs fill with the fluid and he finds he can breathe, so he lives in this strange new element.
I feel a lot like the white mouse in the experiment. And the scientists are the powers that be, whether god, government, or society more generally.
“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport.”