This post uses shameless namedropping to discuss two very important concepts: Truth and Magic.
“…and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
This biblical quote seems to be universally accepted as, well, the truth. Or at least most of us see truthfulness as an admirable virtue. And why not? No one wants to be lied to…or do they?
“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
The Blogging 101 community has been writing this week on what they would do if in possession of a single dose of truth serum, and the variety of responses has been astounding. A crafty lady put out a short post stating why she would not use it on anyone. The next day, she published another post after having been urged to rethink her position. I love the way she managed to elaborate on her original post and ultimately support her original stance. Both posts, in my interpretation, submit that the truth is a powerful and delicate thing that can be used for good or evil, and that it takes careful handling. Truthfulness often needs to be served with a sauce of sensitivity to the needs of the person to whom it is directed. Sometimes it needs to be removed from the menu altogether.
“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Dana offered a hilarious scenario whereby she sneaks the truth serum into home made treats in an attempt to determine what her dog is thinking. If you have a dog and/or love recipes, have a look.
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
― Gloria Steinem
A final quote from another favourite of mine on the link between truth and magic:
“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”
― John Lennon