Tuesday, November 3, 2015

7:30 BELLS: Would Merlin Ever Take a Selfie?

I’ve been thinking this week of Merlin, specifically the Merlin in T.H. White’s The Once and Future King and The Book of Merlin. White’s Merlin walked around with creatures living in his hat and hair--and their droppings. 

So if Merlin were alive today, do you think he’d be taking selfies and posting them on social media? He’d probably go viral—as a laughing-stock. And then be locked up in an institution.
But I suspect Merlin would be indifferent to selfies and the social imperative to be a constantly-connected-cyber-drone. Merlin had kings to train. Voices to hear. Visions to follow in the deep woods. Magic and history to make. Certainly he heard bells ringing all the time, because Merlin was alive from the tips of his toes to the tip of his pointy wizard’s hat. To do all that, he had to be connected to the real world.

I’m not Merlin. But what if I wanted to walk around with wild birds nesting in my hair? I don't know if I could face the consequences.

Have you ever been afraid to live in the way that is most fundamentally yours because it's not hip, fashionable, or (God forbid) current? When that happens, you keep yourself numb. You're afraid to hear the bells ring because they're a sign you need to change something huge. And if you made that change, you wouldn't dare dare post selfies anymore.

On the bright side, you'd probably be too busy being alive to take or post selfies anyway. And you'd certainly be too busy to care. Kings take a lot of managing.



7:30 BELLS  Posts run every Tuesday.

7:30 BELLS Guest Posts run on the second Tuesday of every month. Join me on November 10 for a guest post with children's book author Jim Whiting.


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