Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hello Again

Today it's a beautiful, wonderful, happy, thanks giving here in Toronto. The weather was glorious. I went to a small, pristine, clean, lake.  There I just sat on a rock and contemplated my hang over.  Haha... the sun was shining in my eye and reflecting off the lake as it was setting. I felt like the future was very very bright.. in my mind's eye.

I am certain that I have never heard anything so ludicrous as what I heard someone tell me today: They have never voted, and never will, because they think that the new party is always worse than the old party.  Total and Complete shroud over a mind that's essentially pleasant.  But how stupid? I asked : Don't you think you'd rather prefer to CHOOSE to whom your money goes? The answer: NO.  HAHAHA well...... Taxes and then some....  A tax on the stupid.  I have a mission: Do not feel contempt for the lesser beings.. But how sad that this is the state of our democracy.

In other words of wisdom, I have updated the video bar with some interesting key words, it produced some wonderful choices.  Thanks for watching.  

There's a great book in my posession called "The Silmarillion" and it is J.R.R. Tolkien's massive effort from his early days until his death, to create a parallel mythology to which he attributed his stories of the Hobbit.  

I will give you an excerpt from a letter to his friend Milton Waldman, 1951: 
"Anyway all this stuff* is mainly concerned with Fall, Mortality, and the Machine.  With Fall inevitably, and that motive occurs in several modes.  With Mortality, especially as it affects art and the creative (or as I should say, sub-creative) desire which seems to have no biological function, and to be apart from the satisfactions of plain ordinary biological life, with which, in our world, it is indeed usually at strife.  This desire is at once wedded to a passionate love of the real primary world, and hence filled with the sense of mortality, and yet unsatisfied by it.  It has various opportunities of "Fall". It may become possessive, clinging to the things made as its own, the sub-creator wishes to be the Lord and the God of his private creation.  He will rebel against the laws of the Creator-especially against mortality.  Both of these (alone or together) will lead to the desire for Power, for making the will more quickly effective, - and so to the Machine (or Magic).  By the last I intend all use of external plans or devices (apparatus) instead of developments of the inherent inner powers or talents or even the use of these talents with the corrupted motive of dominating: bulldozing the real world, or coercing other wills. The Machine is our more obvious modern form though more closely related to Magic than is usually recognised.

I have not used 'magic' consistently, and indeed the Elven-queen Galadriel is obliged to remonstrate with the Hobbits on their confused use of the word both for the devices and operations of the Enemy, and for those of the Elves.  I have not, because there is not a word for the latter( since all human stories have suffered the same confusion).  But the Elves are there (in my tales) to demonstrate the difference.  Their magic is Art, delivered from many of its human limitations: more effortless, more quick, more complete (product, and vision in unflawed correspondence).  And its object is Art not Power, sub-creation not domination and tyrannous reforming of Creation.  The 'Elves' are 'immortal', at least as far as this world goes: and hence are concerned rather with the griefs and burdens of deathlessness in time and change, than with death.  The Enemy in successive forms is always 'naturally' concerned with  sheer Domination, and so the Lord of magic and machines; but the problem: that this frightful evil can and does arise from an apparently good root, the desire to benefit the world and others**-speedily and according to the benefactors own plans - is a recurrent motive.

* It is, I suppose, fundamentally concerned with the problem of the relation of Art(and Sub-creation) and Primary Reality."
**Not in the Beginner of Evil: his was a sub-creative Fall, and hence the Elves (the representatives of sub-creation par excellence) were peculiarly his enemies, and the special object of his desire and hate - and open to his deceits.  Their Fall is into possessiveness and (to a less degree) into perversion of their art to power."

What I liked about this man's letter is that his thoughts are a precursor to a lot of the world's fantasy and his philosophies are extremely relevant in this day and age of faeries and gods and fantasies all shrouded as 'religion' and 'politics' and we must realise that lessons must be taken from the venerated people of the past, so that we don't end up with a new, even more naive and ignorant world.  

Tolkien also said 

 " I dislike Allegory - the conscious and intentional allegory - yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language. (And, of course, the more life a story has the more readily will it be susceptible of allegorical interpretations: while the better a deliberate allegory is made the more nearly will it be acceptable just as a story.) Anyway all this stuff*...[continued in first quotation]"

Obviously, do not take things TOO seriously... but ponder! 

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