Sunday, September 2, 2018

Waiting for the Teddy Bear to save me

Holidays. Eddi was bored. All her mates where off with their parents, travelling, seeing new worlds. Then again, she does not want to miss them. The last day in school before the holidays they had an excursion. At the station Eddi dared to tell that her father was the one who has built the huge display cases in the building. Big laughter. Mockery. Not her. Not the one whose Mum cleans the class rooms. Some are nice. Margeret. She invited her to her home. They talked, deeply, about friendship. Then Astrid claimed to be Margeret's only friend. Anyway. Eddi put the ladder against the hatch that has lead to the attic, her favorite place when she has had peace and leisure to do what ever she wanted. The smell, dry, dusty. something green got her attention. DAS KASLTE HERZ. How exciting! 

But, oh man, how much letters, and so small. Eddi was used to shorter stories. She loved The Famous Five in particular, light hearted stories about children  privileged in society and well looked after. But this? Then she started reading and quickly forgot about any difficulties in reading it. She immediately was a little charburner looking for his spot in life,  but not just reading about him...


When browsing the ds106 page, which I do sometimes, I was surprised, that this year's UMW ds106 course is about folklore, myth, legend. For one of the first week assignments Paul Bond asks his students to reflect on this theme and I too was very attracted by the idea of doing this. Thus the post.


Many of my favorite stories have their roots in folklore, myth and fairy tales. Here I am greatly attracted by the European Romanticism, where many writers got back to the magical and unseen, but rather than meaning the past, have related to topics of their present time and moral. Although I like the Story of the "Life of a Good-for-Nothing" by J. Eichendorf most, which is not really taken as a fairy tale, I want to write about "Heart of Stone" by Wilhelm Hauff which is definitely meant to be a fairy tale. 
I am not sure what are the academic criteria that the one is a fairy tale and the other is not, but the Good-for-Nothing feels more like a person travelling through reality, whereas Heart of Stone goes deep into worlds that never have been seen. 
Also the moral of the Good-for-Nothing story is extremely modern and is meant to tell people that the Good-for-nothing is the one who lives the valuable life, because he dares to live instead of burying life under reason. Then again Hauff's Heart of Stone does not really touch any widespread ideas of a valuable life, but gives advice to not miss such a one.

What I am interested in is to have a closer look on how these stories, and Heart of Stone in particular, have influenced my ideas of leading a valuable life and if I should proceed going after a very romantic view on life, or if it might be a bigger adventure to try out different values, maybe from newer stories that can help me proceeding my travels through time.

Heart of Stone tells the story of a young man, who is poor, but has the chance to speak out wishes to a nature spirit. The wishes immediately become true. He enjoys becoming rich and popular, but for him this was not enough and he gives his heart away to a man who lives deep in the forest in order to get even more riches and a terrific wife. Still, without the warmth of a heart the young man was not able to make her happy. One day she died. With the help of the nature spirit the young man realizes what really makes happy and he got the chance to turn back time to now making the right decisions, which is to accept that being poor is no reason to be unhappy.

from Bildzitat, Felicitas Kuhn

A topic very often taken by fairy tales, in great variety. Two of them are the Fisherman and his Wife, where a magic fish fulfills wishes that lead to riches and back to happiness in a simple life. A completely other light on the topic throws the fairy tale The Steadfast Soldier, where a poor soldier violently came to riches and a princess wife and with her lives happily ever after. I remember that this story puts me into a big conflict, because I am more the person who thinks being rich might in most cases being bad. Is it like that?


In addition to my conviction that a person only can be a good person if it is a poor person, I do not know any fairy tales or romantic stories, where a woman was the initiative part concerning riches. The romantic woman sits and waits that a man comes along and takes care of her.

Fortunately my passion for romance does not go that far, at least not these days.

What I want to say is, apart from education and influences by the values from your surrounding folklore and fairy tales have a great influence on how someone sets up their life, although there are a great pool of stories you can choose from and if you can not find any that fits into your ideas about life you can write new stories - but choose wisely - as if any story is a wish that can influence your life greatly.

... A restless night.  Again and again Eddi woke up, thinking,  if she wants to go into adventures caused by strong but doubtful decision or rather do as all the words, written and spoken, say.
How is it to give away your heart for a while? How is it to meet a nature spirit deep in the forest? How is it when you have power over someone? How is it??? Is it like in the stories?

You will only know if you try...

Three Red Riding Hoods

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Morning Commute

A little comic from an observation I did while going to school by the underground.

Morning Commute

Sunday, February 26, 2017

What fate?

The post tells you about John and Sarah Connor and the Terminator himself of Terminator 2 and how they relate to the theme of the movie "No fate but what we make for ourselves.". 

Sarah Connor knows about the future and that her son John will be a leading resistance fighter. When she prepares John for this role throughout his childhood she shows that she does not believe in fate but only in what she can make.She might think that John can not mind being a resistance fighter, but she is certain that she can prepare him to be one.
On the other hand she does not live up to this aspiration when she mostly succumbs to her anger instead of using her brainpower. This way she would have been able to get free from her prison earlier to help her son survive. Giving in to her anger so often makes it her fate to be a captive. Is it?

John like most teenagers tries to create his world which is definitely suiting the theme of you make your fate yourself. He also follows his good heart and is courageous which are qualities that might create a better world, although he also loves playing video games and even steals money for this purpose. Nonetheless he brightly creates a world teenagers love to live in.

The good Terminator - T-800 (Model 101) might not have any fate, because he is a machine and it is difficult to say if he creates what will happen. He only does because of his program. Then again the program is made by humans and the future John has set him up to protect the child he was. This way the Terminator is an extension of humanity and in particular of John. Finally he lives up to the theme of creating the future and not to give in in a supposed fate. Then again his fate is to be destroyed. He has no ability to mind this, although he seems to decide himself that he must be shacked to save John's world.

In the following I will comment four pictures concerning the theme of making your world.
Sarah is captured in a hospital bed after, again, trying to fight her guards. Sarah's temper seems to be fate. It is the only thing she does not seriously fight and the only thing that keeps her away from managing her future in a more efficient way.

Sandra freeing herself.
Sarah has gained a clip and unlocked the bonds wildly ripping them off from her body. This very well illustrates how sarah is capable of creating her future. Only the worries her son could be killed without her help made her using her intellect more than her anger.

Boys playing with guns.
Two boys are playing with guns and the good Terminator comments it by assuming that humanity also means to destroy themselves. This picture states that you can do nothing about the nature of hmanity which is very near to just give in to fate, but ...

Put the gun down, now!
... in contrast to the small children John has developed the moral that it is not a good thing to kill people or use guns. He orders the terminator to stop shooting people. (One of the responses of the Terminator to this issue was: "of course I kill people. I am a Terminator.". Again fate seems close to inherent conditions.)

To sum it up, the movie greatly plays with the theme, where John mostly lives up to it, Sarah behaves somehow contradictory and the Terminator (the good one) raises questions on how a machine is related to fate. We all know about the problem machines might cause when they achieve independence. 
Finally the movie also prompts the question if fate is caused by an (unconscious) propensity like death instincts.