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When All Else Fails: What if the means of our salvation turns out to be a work of a madman? Tempting though it is to bury oneself in the small delights of everyday life for as long as that avenue of escape remains open, it must be rejected. Do not go gentle into that good night Rage, rage, against the dying of the light The problem, of course, is science.
Unlike the poet and the priest, the scientist who discerns only catastrophe in the data which is placed before him, must disclaim all right to hope. If the data points to the end of the world as we know it, then the only thing a scientist has a right to anticipate is the end of the world.
The turning occurs when imminent evil is unexpectedly averted and great good succeeds. To Tolkien, tragedy was the purest form of drama, while eucatastrophe, the antithesis of tragedy, was the purest form of fairy story.
Interestingly, it is not the hero, Frodo, who makes this happen. At the end of his quest, like so many of the others who have come into possession of the Ring of Power, it betrays him.
Were it not for the intervention of Gollum, the Dark Lord would have recovered his ring and darkness would have swallowed Middle Earth forever. If we must put our faith in fairy stories, I hear you say, then our chances of surviving global warming are slim indeed.
Just think of the number of novelists whose plots involve the deliberate creation and release of a virus which wipes out 95 percent of the human species.
Now imagine the insane billionaire who turns fiction into fact. Life would still be up against it. They are right, of course, but life on Earth has been up against it before — and so have we.
For thousands of years this planet lay in the grip of an Ice Age that saw sheets of frozen water 1, feet high, weighing billions of tons, grinding all the way to the edges of what we now call the temperate zones.
Getting through the Ice Age was no easy matter — but, somehow, our far-distant ancestors managed it. Life on Earth has been up against it before - and so have we. There is every reason to believe that these new humans will have no great love of science.
They will, however, have a great deal of love for poets and priests. And, most especially, for the tellers of fairy-stories.The best opinions, comments and analysis from The Telegraph. The Texarkana Gazette is the premier source for local news and sports in Texarkana and the surrounding Arklatex areas.
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