|Fantasy becomes reality
||[Dec. 16th, 2003|08:21 am]
I love it when fantasy books relate to what is going on in the real world as much as "The Stone of Farewell" by Tad Williams does. Here is an excerpt from the book:
"'...but what I have learned from (Simon) has, I think, revealed the true shape of Ineluki's plan.' She took a deep breath, summoning strength. 'It is terrible. I could tell you, but words would not suffice...still there would be some who would secretly doubt, and others who would continue to turn their faces away. Many of you would prefer to live with the beauty of imagined shadows instead of the ugly blackness at the core of this shadow--of the shadow that (Ineluki) spreads over us all.
'So I will show you what I have seen, then you will see, too. If we can still turn our heads away, my children, at least we cannot continue to pretend. We may keep out the winter for a while, but at last it will engulf us, too. If we are running joyfully into the arms of death, let us at least admit that is what we do! Let us for once see ourselves plainly, even at the ending of things.'"
I love this book. LOTR too--the whole plot is essentially the same as the quote in this book.
This is just what so many of us are doing--the real world's becoming a horrible place, and many of us are turning away, preferring to pretend that none of it is happening. We are killing animals. We are killing trees. We are polluting the water, the ground, the very air we breathe. The real enemy in this world is our own species and the illusions we create. We need to break free of these lies and work together to save our world. And time to do so is running out.
I'm worried, to say the least. Some day this planet could become unlivable, and is in the process of doing so as the human population grows exponentially. I want to ask for help, but I don't know who to ask short of the whole population. We need to do something. Soon.