Soucouyan or Spaceship (Prt 2)

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Modern Mythology & Flights of Fancy

Alwyn St. Omer's flight of fancy
Alwyn St. Omer’s flight of fancy

Just when you think you’re pretty smart, something comes along to remind you that you are not that far removed from the archetypal slack-jawed-yokel, the Ossimo, the  Coax; That your willingness to suspend disbelief is not too different from their obvious simplicity.

Before continuing, let me thank all those who joined me in my flight of fancy, my journey into the Twilight Zone. I have been blogging for a while and apart from musings on Michael Jackson, this topic has most resonated with people. The strange or unusual will always capture imagination of the masses it seems.

No surprise then that Soucouyan, Marjee Nwen, witches and space ships, all of which are beyond proven human experience, still thrives in our oral history, literature, and modern media. No surprise then that we are still willing to put our faith in things unseen.

Is it any wonder that we would like to escape for a moment in the possibility of something eerie and mysterious happening on this rock where even murders are no longer astounding; where fantasies of fathers lie side by side with the promises of politicians ; where even flogging the skin off a child leaves no one flabbergasted; Where even when information moves the speed of a spaceship (warp speed, if you didn’t know) we do not have a basic forensics lab and some of us still think muggings, robberies, rapes, child abuse and one or two murders, are no reason to invest in such.

Sadly though, as my smart daughter Leonie points out, “Fact sucks. Fiction is soo much more interesting.”

No, they did not hear us and put the lights off.

But whether it is the age old story of Soucouyan or the modern myth of alien spaceships, it is good to escape, even for a moment, to the wonder of infinite possibilities, of something beyond the ken of logic and science, something to recapture that childhood wonder and openness.

“He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool – shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child – teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep – wake him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows, is a wise man – follow him.”

‘Confucius’

So while I say thank you to that wise man, I can’t help but sigh… there goes my fantasy… sigh

But I still have Marjee Nwen, Boloms and Soucouyans, St. Omer’s Wakonte, Creole stories, The Fringe, X-Files, Dr. Who, Star Gate, Torchwood, DS9, Star Trek, Star Wars, Roswell, Superman, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Independence Day, War of the Worlds………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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