I’m reminded, you see; I’m reminded that adults make a clear distinction between reality and fantasy: ‘this is real, that’s just entertainment.’ I’m reminded that children don’t make such distinctions. Everything blends together into a more comprehensive view of reality. It isn’t so much what LOTR is, but what it represents: the magic, the heroism, the beauty, the suffering, the triumph, the spectacle.
I never lost that blurring of the forms, and so I’m concerned that in my present situation I could so easily be stolen away. I could become The Lost Child and find it hard to return, and then I’d be tilting at windmills even more than I do already.
Maybe I should get back to commenting on politics instead. That’s real enough. The problem is that what I hear coming out of the mouths of government ministers at the moment is even further removed from reality. It’s absurd, dishonest, self-serving and delusional. How is one supposed to know what line to walk in this crazy, complex life?