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|Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:00 am Post subject: My Metaphorical View of Fairies
|My Metaphorical View of Fairies
According to J.M.Barrie's novel, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell is one of two females in Peter Pan's life. The other is Wendy - a human girl of about 11 years.
On occasions, Peter leaves his home in Neverland. He goes to secretly listen to the stories Wendy tells to her two younger brothers at their bedtime.
Tinkerbell is Peter's almost constant companion on his trips to Wendy's house.
One day Peter is discovered listening to one of Wendy's stories and loses his shadow when it is cut off by a slamming window frame as he tries to flee.
He returns with Tinkerbell to find the shadow, but it is Wendy, with her sewing skills, who re-attaches it to Peter's feet.
Wendy is intrigued by Peter, and she and her brothers are persuaded by him to return with him (and Tinkerbell) to Neverland.
In return Wendy offers to tell her stories to 'the lost boys' - who live with Peter in Neverland and, like him, have no mother figure in their lives.
As a fairy, Tinkerbell's roots are with nature.
Fairies are intimately connected with nature. They specialise in such things as flowers, trees, insects, animals, water and sunlight.
Tinkerbell's 'talent' is tinkering (hence the name). In the first of the Disney Tinkerbell films (2008) she learns tinkering is her talent - but soon starts to feel very unhappy about it. Other fairies, she believes, have much more exciting talents than tinkering!
But I digress.
As a fairy Tinkerbell represents the natural world. Being tiny she often finds herself at the mercy of forces she alone cannot possibly control.
On the other hand her flying ability, her rapport with wildlife and her smallness - taken together - enable her (often aided by her companion fairies) to deal with whatever problem or threat nature poses in Pixie Hollow.
Pixie Hollow is where Tinkerbell and the other fairies live. I see it as a microcosm, more or less representative of the natural world we humans inhabit.
It is the fairies' job to maintain the efficient functioning of Pixie Hollow by use of their various talents.
So, the question that occured to me was ... what, in our (human) world, might there be that does the equivalent things to what the fairies of Pixie Hollow do?
Is there anything small, agile, fast moving and having an intimate connection with everything and that performs an equivalent function to Tink and her companions?
Then it occured to me. Such things do exist - we call them molecules. And these molecules are in turn made up of even smaller constituents which we call atoms.
Which is where it get REALLY interesting (or at least to me it does!)
The atoms it seems are made of even stranger things - which, for want of a better word, I'll call ... quantum particles ('quantum' because they're nothing like particles as we've come to think of particles).
You've almost certainly heard of them ... as electrons, protons, and neutrons.
To cut a long story short, it turns out that even common or garden sub atomic particles such as these - in the quantum world - can do all manner of weird and wonderful things.
Some of the things sub atomic quantum particles have been theorised as doing are ...
1. Tunnelling through barriers they can't jump over.
2. Being in more than one place at the same time - a bit like a wave on a pond.
3. Affecting others of their kind over immense distances and at speeds faster than the speed of light (though you'll just have to take my word for that as I still haven't got my head round it - and likely never will - but what the hey!).
Etc. etc. etc. ... you get the idea.
All of which, to me, looks to be somewhat similar to the ways in which Tinkerbell and her fairy friends operate in their interactions with nature.
So, in conclusion, the point I want to make is that fairies can be viewed as a METAPHOR.
I'd like to end by quoting the opening words of the first Tinkerbell film that Walt Disney Studios released (in 2008). The words are spoken by a narrator ...
"Have you ever wondered how Nature gets its glow? Who gives it light and colour as the seasons come and go? Who helps all creatures great and small to walk, to swim, to fly? Who crafts such tiny details? You might see them if you try For it's all the work of fairies, but they stay well out of sight." *
Substitute the words 'quantum particles' for the word fairies in the above quote and you may see what I mean.
Thanks for reading this.
Footnote * Spoken at around 1 minute in this video http://youtu.be/DqZ5ijeEn9I
(P.S. Please don't let the above spoil your enjoyment of the Tinkerbell films if or when you see them - my hope is rather that it will add to your enjoyment. Cheers. )