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mauvepink BS: Fairy tale's reality (15) BS: Fairy tale's realty 11 Jan 11

I've looked at life from both sides now,
From win and lose, and still somehow
It's life's illusions i recall.
I really don't know life at all.
(Joni Mitchell_Both sides now)

The words to the song are almost mystical. Certainly they are magical. Just like fairy tales and Disney films. Ally McBeal once commented "Not only are we programmed to want the things we want, we are sometimes programmed to want the things we don't want".

In a recent thread about Adam and Eve a fellow catter ponders why he should be asking a question about something that could be deemed nonsense in the first place (I hope I do his question justice in my interpreation here). It occurred to me that in all our lives we do it all the time. Our sense of whimsy, our yearning for things of fantasy, our wonderment at romantic notions and such like... Do these all not demonstrate what reamrakably complex creatures we are? Not only do we have a real world to ask questions about but we also make up worlds steeped in imaginary things all of which have some truth or lesson deeply attached.

Am I alone in sometimes losing myself in a story I know to be completly made up, believing in a fairy tale I know cannot come true, or losing myself in some Disney film that has animals in I wish I could have as pets?

The world is, without doubt, a wonderful place. Full of mystery and magic. But so are our imaginations. Do you sometimes still get lost in those made up worlds, despite all the real stuff and knowing it could not happen, and does it bring you comfort?

A song, a story, a film... why do we like to get lost in things we know to be unreal?

Days of devils, kings and clowns
Angel songs and birthday tunes
Valentines and wishing wells
Magic stairways, moods, and Junes
Silly rhymes and monkeyshines
Pictures on a stageRound and round the records go
Time to turn the page
(Neil Sedaka_Last song together)

I would dearly love your ideas and opinions


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