"What is the function of mankind amidst the vast universe? To witness and celebrate! Look upon the Creator, the stunning terror of it all, and celebrate--otherwise, why are we here? What's the use of a universe that exists but is not seen? Your job is to see, to appreciate--but [also] to work, improve yourself, improve the world. We represent the flesh of the godhead, and we are beholden to the gift!"
I thought Nard would especially like this one.
"Years from now we want to go into the pub and tell about the Terrible Conflagration up at the Place, do we not?"
"Myth, seen in mirrors, incapable of being touched, stays on. If it is not immortal, it almost seems such."
This is from the introduction to the Avon hardcover edition of "The Martian Chronicles". It goes to the power of mythology in story-telling to trescend specific periods in time and to tell stories that connect to the immortal realm of thought and creativity. Bradbury seems to share the idea of the collective unconscious with Jung where we have a shared species-specific sub-conscious that allows mythological stories and images to be shared on a level that goes beyond specific stories and reaches to something primodial in us. This arena is the arena of images, metaphors and ideas and is not hampered by the scientific realm of the material world. His fixation is on the mythological capabilities of literature, not the specific sciences of science fiction.
"unless he lived with it very well, he might have to live with it all the rest of his life." -Charles Halloway: Something Wicked...
We discussed this today in class and I feel we've all came to a point in our lives where we felt like this. Wishing we were older or wishing we could be 5 again...It all ends up the same way: Lost Time. The more we wish something that is never going to happen the more our time just passes us by until one day it's all gone!
Sorry, I didn't get to finish what I was saying...I was saying that when you're young, you want to be old and visa versa. Will and Jim figured out that when going through the mirror maze sets your body at the age that you always wanted to be...But then going on the carousel ride sets it forever!! That's scarey