THE FELLOWSHIP FESTIVAL: August 26 to 29, 2005
We will be at the Fellowship Festival this August. (The last edition was the best LOTR festival we have ever attended, so we’re really looking forward to it.) More news as soon as I have it.
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THE MEANING OF LIFE
Or the Palimpsest Samizdat
There are times when I am sure there is a meaning to life, others when attaching a meaning to something we are perhaps intrinsically unable to grasp seems not only pretentious but meaningless.
In all this, there are a few things I feel I can do, things which even I can grasp, and hope to share the meaning farther along.
It all has to do with stories.
Stories are such fragile things, subject to all manner of transformations in the telling. Each time a story is told, it is different from the last.
Who told the FIRST story, and what was it about? To whom was it told, and where? Whenever and wherever it was, it must have been in a hugely wild world, with a skybowl of living stars, a world-horizon measurable by eye, and nights of great danger with glowing eyes.
It seems to me we’re likely still telling the same story, dressing it in the fashion of the times, trying to convince ourselves we’ve grasped some sliver of insight, trusting in the usefulness of what we have to say, believing in the truth of our fictions.
Do whales tell stories, do dolphins or chimpanzees? How I wish I knew.
Telling stories is what makes us human. The more stories we tell, the more stories we are told, the more humanity we have.
That’s how it seems to me. Truth is a samizdat, that we must transmit against all odds, but it’s also a palimpsest, since we are doomed to pen it from memory on those very same oft-scraped pages before we pass it along.
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TOLKIEN 2005: Saturday August 13, 2005
Tolkien 2005 will take place in Birmingham, August 11 to 15, 2005
I’ve had to pass on this one. Work beckons, and occasionally grabs you by the collar and says “You will stay home and get this done!”.
Next time, maybe.
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