Monday, May 26, 2014
Causality And Sorcerers
"Why, where be oi and what be oi a-doin'?" --Gilbert&Sullivan
A young man is obsessed with idea of love transcending all social barriers, creating equality. He contracts a sorcerer to brew a love potion. The whole village falls into enchanted sleep, then each falls in love with the first person seen upon waking. This results in a crowd of mismatched couples. In the end, the sorcerer must sacrifice his life to break the spell and let it sink with him into the flaming red heart of the world, where it presumably endures in diluted form. It is, of course, a Gospel metaphor. That is, W.S Gilbert wrote it [as a short story, An Elixir of Love] for the Christmas number of The Graphic magazine in 1876. When he teamed up with Sullivan, it became The Sorcerer:
[from film, "Topsy Turvy"]
This brings us to the enigma of causality. What causes events to combine in such a way that new events are created, and from those collisions other events to radiate through time and space? We meet, make friends, fall in love, make homes together and, in turn, cause exponentially more mischief. What forces cause in combination the meanings and meetings of our lives? Here we see the the universe reacting to itself in an early photo taken by Norma and turned sideways --for special dramatic effect-- by me:
Couple days ago --by which I mean our PLANET spun twice in relation to a STAR only seven LIGHT-MINUTES away!!!!!-- Norma and I were visiting friends before they left for Spain --by boarding a jet and SPEEDING through THE SKY!!!!-- discussing the events that brought us together over 40 years ago. Wendy said if she'd not met Norma in the mid-1960s, she would not have met me, nor would Norma have met me years later and married me, nor would Dan have even later met Wendy and married her. They wondered how things might have gone had causality been diverted. Someone said, "We'd be sitting around this table eating your pretzels without the slightest idea who each other was."
And deep within me, from the firey heart of earth, I heard a chorus: "Why, where be oi and what be oi a-doin'?"