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Jan 1st.  Tu.  Resolution Day.  New year, new beer.

Jan 2nd. W.  Absolution Day.  Consider the sloth, whatever.

Jan 3rd.  Th. 

When obliged to negotiate with King Kong, the most important constraint on one's freedom is not that his first name is King.

Jan 4th. F.  On this day a professional health scold shall perish from a vast excess of vinegar in their blood.

Red sky at night, call the Fire Brigade, already!

Jan 5th. Sa.  Twelfth Night.  On this day shall the Government impose an emergency ban on vinegar.

Something must be done.  This is something.  Therefore we must do this.  (Sir Humphrey Appleby.)

Jan 6th.  Su.  Epiphany/Ystwyll. 

A hunted fox or a Tesco wren/ Is no good game for maids nor men.

Jan 7th.  M.  Work is the curse of the drinking classes.  (Oscar Wilde.)

If I had a penny for every quote attributed to Oscar Wilde, people would say I was just as witty as he was.


caper_est: The grey wolf in the red gloaming. (golden kate)
Killer-Kate and Luke Lackland: 460 words.   The Widow scene concludes.  Another aspect of the Kateverse really came out in this conversation.  Our own pre-modern Europe was stuck enough on the idea of  'as above, so below', and the direct connection between the divinely inspired orders of Nature and of human society.  How much more firmly would people - especially the governing people - cling to this notion when faced with the blatant existence of Elfland, with its perverse enchantments, incomprehensible royalty, and frequent casual abuse of space, time, faith, and reason?

Above all, those who live within a day's ride of the dubious borderlands?  I am coming to understand Golden Kate and her kind just a little bit better.

This is going to add a whole new spice to Luke's interaction with the apocalyptic Saturn-preachers in the lowland towns, our only direct glimpse of which I now need to grant before turning Kate homewards, and the chapter towards its close.  I should like to get this one finished before I stroll off for my holiday!

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Following on from an access-locked post about a silly dream which affected me most unreasonably for its matter, yet wised me up very reasonably indeed via that very same irrational effect, this attempt to distil my general conclusions into the clearest shot possible:

Experiences are real.

They are no less real, nor in any sense worthless, when they occur in a mode other than the default practical one in which we reckon with the objective world.  Memories, dreams, myths, movies, stories, music, ecstatic states and downright bonkers hallucinations are all equally real - though not reliably equally useful or benign.  What mainly determines the value of a class of experiences will be the following:

1)  Correctly identifying the mode of experience.  A dream or a myth - or, for that matter, a multimedia news-story - understood for what it is, is valuable data.  Mistaking one of them for another, or especially any of them for baseline sensory reality, is an error whose effects may be anything from the delusory to the deadly.

2) Competently mapping that mode to the objective world.  Making the above distinction is of small use, if it does not make a corresponding functional difference.  The consequences of error are therefore similar.  Anybody not very severely dysfunctional is deeply and extensively proficient in mapping their baseline sensory perceptions to the world about them: we are evolutionarily optimized for it to begin with, and we are getting practice and feedback at it for at least sixteen hours out of the twenty-four.

But the more specialized or artefactual another mode is, the worse our regular instincts serve us, and the harder and more carefully we have to work at acquiring good, objectively effective responses to it.

Get it right, and we are True Thomas.  Get it wrong, and we're only poor Tom o'Bedlam, cast abroad on stony roads to beg our bacon.

All experience is real.

We need to be good at telling one mode of experience from another.

We need to be good at responding to each mode of experience sensibly.


Trivial? Trite?  Maybe.  But I've seen ruinous errors enough under each heading - many of them from apparently very well-grounded and highly intelligent people - to leave me extremely leery of complacency in this area.

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