Monday June 13th 2016Tim
In the evidence that supports The Rabbit of Usk is an
association between idea and witchcraft. This isn't
fantastical, it's not myth, we're not talking about
people flying around on friendly Dragons. If a person
believes a spell has been cast upon them, it will dog
their mind. If the spell caster has surreptitiously
introduced a medicinal compound into his or her victim's
daily gruel, odds are the physical effects upon the
victim will enhance the collection of emotions the
victim endures while under the spell. A visit to the
doctor, who are generally considered good witches, is as
much comforting as anything else, and then should the
diagnosis be accurate, the prescribed medicine correct,
the victim or patient improves.
area which I'd claim supports The Rabbit of Usk has to do
with ego and the importance to the ego of feeling special.
The less special a person feels the more likely it is that a
person will believe things and see in things qualities those
things probably do not actually possess. Sharing those
beliefs with others, however absurd those beliefs might be
to outsiders, proceeds to confirm the belief by
demonstrating the belief's existence through those central
portals of the social, which are as much stories as they are
anything else and yet it's those shared beliefs that unable
us to form both disastrous and more sobering cohesive units.
I could go on to describe the Blood Oaths of the Mau Mau and
the Drums of the Acholi, but I'll not go looking at the
older societies to demonstrate how stubborn our hero can be.