I received an email from a reader indicating she thought the short novella about Merlin was “dark”.
I’ve thought about that for some time, and I invite you to consider some of these things:
- What if you had lived for over 14,000 years?
- What if the only way you could have survived in those early years was to fight for your life? Would you have done so to protect your family and friends?
- What if you had seen your loved ones slaughtered and you couldn’t do anything about it?
- What if your entire world was being eliminated one small bit at a time?
- What if you might be able to turn that around?
- What if by turning it around, you’d create a better world for both your family and that of others?
- And what if your history and experiences sometimes got in the way?
- What if you’re a human being with all the flaws of that person we all see in the mirror every morning but somehow you became different? You were given what some would call a gift, but some days you consider a curse?
- What if you still believed in the light instead of the dark?
In my mind, the issue isn’t whether Merlin is dark, the issue is how do humans become light.
And that’s our struggle, isn’t it?
How do we recognize the world around us as something that we should value? How do we encourage the magic of life instead of only looking at the dollars?
Where do we find our own magic?
These are not easy questions. Philosophers have struggled with these questions for centuries. Make no mistake – we are all looking for the magic. But, we allow ourselves to be sucked into the maelstrom of everyday life as dictated by our media.
And sometimes we feel powerless against those forces – particularly when we have children to feed and nurture.
This story is about the active search for the light and for the fight against the dark.
But this means that one must acknowledge the dark before it can be fought.
What do you think? Tell me in the comments below