In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.
Indifference is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don't stand a chance against it.
Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes have recurred over and over, in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess Venus from the sea of our unconscious.
We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance... And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.
Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the myth in their own traditions, so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning.
Everything born has to die, in order to make room for the future.
A clear conscience is generally the result of a faulty memory, not a faulty life.
The contradictions are what make human behavior so maddening and yet so fascinating, all at the same time.
Studying anthropology, I developed a kind of holistic view of human existence, in which the dichotomies you listed are all necessary and vital aspects of life.
Humans may be the only creatures on Earth who spend significant time thinking about the fact that someday their lives will end.
For every path you choose, there is another you must abandon, usually forever.
Don't worry. You're safe now. You've got nothing left to steal.
Life scars us with its random motion, he thought. Only death is perfect.
Myth is, after all, the neverending story.
Archaeology is the anthropology of the past, and science fiction is the anthropology of the future.
It doesn't matter. I'm not asking forever of you...just let me love you now.
But our society does not grant nontraditional forms of intelligence equal recognition, no matter how much it would help us get along or truly enrich our lives.
As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross-cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones.
Probably I chose immortality because mortality is a universal human obsession.
Theres no such thing as a free lunch, at least on the karmic level.
Fear of the unknown is a terrible fear.
These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual.
And so The Snow Queen also became a story about the need to seek equilibrium, in our own lives, with the natural world, even within the universe at large.
The futures and ultimate fates of the characters in The Snow Queen are profoundly changed by choices made in their own minds or hearts, as well as choices unexpectedly forced on them by things beyond their control.
What I do not want to write is didactic political tracts.
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