Monday 9 June 2008

Dr Who - recent episode

In the second part of The Library Planet episode, one of the characters said that in order to understand ultimate truth, you need to be brilliant and unloved. To me this explains the daemon outright. If you know what gears reality, like the school swot, you will be shunned for being too clever (a know-all). The daemon interferes but isn't liked for it because it dis-illusions us and spoils the fun of discovery and learning, by giving you the answers. Sadly I think this is my role in society and why I am for the most part shunned too (Looked at as a weirdo as are similar Geeks like me - Asperger Syndrome sufferers and computer nerds etc.).


Karl Le Marcs said...

Paige: I’ll delay further comment on this until I have watched this episode which I have recorded.
(thanks for the spoiler!!!!!!!)

I’m initially stuck by the somewhat pessimistic view that surely to be “Brilliant and Unloved” is inferior in understanding Ultimate Truth than being “Brilliant and UNLOVING” ??

However, if two qualities required in the search for the BIGTOE (Bohmian IMAX Grand Theory Of Everything) and the answers to life, the universe and everything (42, obviously *smile*) then being Brilliant and Unloved means I am well on the way!!
*distant violins*

Now, whilst I admittedly WAS the school-swot (and to many degrees still am) I was NOT shunned, which I can only assume is testament to my character (which I hope is warming with a desire to help, with also a few gags thrown in along the way).

And I for one, dear Paige, would never shun you.

paigetheoracle said...

Karl, the point here is that Daemon works as a detached entity, to give it the distance to observe it needs. Social life means getting lost in the hubbub of daily existence. As a mentor of my wife's said 'It is extremely difficult to become enlightened nowadays'. By this he meant the temptation to get involved in all kinds of materialistic exploits and to find time and empty space to contemplate reality as monks do.

As for pessimism, that's part of it too as it makes you anti-social and seek space, not contact (The Daemon is in the vacuum, not the fullness - in the darkness, not the light: New Dr Who episode pair).

Karl Le Marcs said...

Paige: "Daemon works as a detached entity..." ?? - 'Detached' from what?
And I take rather the opposite view that the Daemon is surely in the fullness, not the vacuum; and in the light, not the darkness, having as it does, cognisance of the present with one eye on the future whereas the Eidolon has one eye on the past.

Karl Le Marcs said...

I've just watched the second part of this episode and I feel this is deeply ITLADic in context, indeed if viewed within the expansion of ITLAD that Tony and I are working on then it becomes almost TRANSCENDENT.

To quote the final lines.........

"Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days when the wind stands fair and The Doctor comes to call, Everybody Lives. Sweet Dreams Everyone."