It was a big firm, and they created big things. They met in a big office where, emblazoned in bronze above on a big wall above the big table were the words “WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?”
“That, Gentleman,” said the head of the big firm, with pointing to the words with a big, sweeping gesture, “is why we are here today. That is why we are here every day. And it’s a big reason, ladies and gentlemen. A very big reason.”
The head of the big firm rubbed his hands together forcefully enough for tiny wisps of smoke to curl from them.
“So, people,” he said, “big ideas. I want big, big ideas. Huge. Massive. Colossal. Monumental.”
The men and women set to thinking about big ideas. Soon, the room was full of them, but still they thought, one big idea leading to another, like an amoeba splitting exponentially. And as they thought, their heads grew big.
Soon, their heads were so full of ideas that they all could no longer fit in the office. They were pressed together like sardines, and as they maneuvered their way to the boardroom exit, they realized that their heads were too big for the door. Carpenters came in, and spent the better part of the day making all of the office doors large enough for everyone’s head.
These men and women thought it would be a great idea—a big, great idea—to share their thoughts with as many people as possible, and they did so. This, in turn, led to ideas that multiplied and multiplied inside of other heads, and soon, the city was full of people with massive heads. They moved in a seething mass down city streets, and with their big ideas, they had the entire city modified to accommodate their heads in a matter of hours.
Yet soon, as more and more people thought of big ideas, the city became too crowded. People moved to the desert, where, armed with their many big ideas, they figured out ways to make the desert fertile without leaving the slightest detrimental environmental footprint.
In the same way that the first big computers gave way to ever small computers, however, so did these big headed people with their big ideas figure out ways to fit those ideas into ever smaller places. As they did, their heads shrank.
Soon, their heads were their original size, but they continued to think of big ideas, and ways to fit those big ideas into ever smaller places. As they did, their heads shrank further, until they were tiny doll sized heads on regular sized human bodies. Soon they realized that their bodies would become more efficient if they shrank along with their heads, so they created ways to change their molecular structure so that the rest of them shrank in proportion to their ever smaller heads.
They continued to shrink, and as they do, they figured out ways to shrink the world around them. Soon, their entire world could sit on the head of a pin.
Yet as their big ideas grew, and the space those ideas took up continued to shrink, they thought: was there anything else to life besides thinking of more and more big ideas, and ways to fit them into smaller and smaller places? This set them to thinking about how to discover parallel worlds similar to theirs, microscopic worlds in which people now travelled from world to world, sharing their ideas.
Yet still they thought: what next?
And that was when, in the tiny, tiny boardroom with the big ideas, where it all began, a new sign appeared: SHARE BIG IDEAS.
That is why, every now and then, some lucky person inhales these worlds, and suddenly, their head fills with big, big ideas. And as their head fills with those big ideas, it also fills with the desire to share them with the world.