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Monday, May 03, 2004

Monday May 3, 2004. In Fritz Leiber's "Sanity," the protagonist is the one sane man (by our standards) in a world where everyone else is clinically insane. [The definition of "sane" I'm using here is "mentally healthy; free from mental disorder."] He's become world president, and done a few things to make the world saner. Now he's about to depose the ruling council, take over, and make all the needed changes.

He's informed that his reforms haven't worked out the way he thought they had. He answers that he does know what's going on -- he reads all the reports.

And that's where I stopped believing in this character's sanity.

Suppose you were convinced that you were saner than most or all of the people around you. And you had some power. Not enough to force people to become sane; but enough to make the world (or your local sf club, city council, etc.) run more sanely. And to set up conditions which will give the next generation a better chance of growing up sane.

Would you?

Today's cookery experiment was eggs fried with mango.

***Writing: Before the beginning of "Well Met....," a major character's sister had tried to kill her. Added today: She had tried to kill her sister, which is something she neglected to mention to the viewpoint character.

The story was partially inspired by the Child Ballad "The Two Sisters." One character's summary of it is:

"There were two maidens lived in a bower,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
There came a knight to be their wooer,
Bonny St. Johnston stands upon Tyne.

"He courted the elder with glove and ring,
But he loved the younger above anything.

"He courted the elder with book and knife
But he loved the youngest above his life.

"Older sister drowns younger sister, whose body is found in a millpond. A minstrel makes a harp from her bones and strings it with her hair. He plays the harp at the royal court, and it accuses the older sister of murder."

***Someone I'd known electronically, and liked, has died. An obituary for Robyn Herrington is here: http://www.sfwa.org/news/rherrington.htm

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