Thursday, December 11, 2014

With a Little Help from Friends

The most exotic people in Oz share one thing in common with the rest of us "meat people" -- as L. Frank Baum referred to "normal" humans: in their adventures across the Land of Oz they encounter dangerous situations, and just like us they can be damaged, wounded, hurt, sometimes torn apart. But for people like the Scarecrow, getting back to a state of equanimity is relatively easy, and this is true of all the fantastical people in Oz. Put their stuffing back in, oil their joints, carve them a new head, touch up their paint, and they are Like New, ready to face the world again.

Meat People are not so easily repaired, whether their wounds are physical or emotional. The process of getting repaired is just as necessary, but can take much longer -- and it involves much more complicated therapies than just a quick Polish and Buff. Nonetheless, one must ALWAYS keep oneself in Good Repair, for we never know what lies in wait for us around the next bend of the Yellow Brick Road.

-- Freder.