Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Reflections II

Although Manse Everard refers metaphorically to gods (see here), he really accepts another aspect of a pagan world-view. Everard inwardly reflects that the Tyrians are "...fundamentally right..." to think that:

"'...the world isn't entirely governed by laws of nature; it's capricious, changeable, magical.'"
-Poul Anderson, "Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (Riverdale, NY, 2006), pp. 229-331 AT p, 254.

The friend of Italian descent whom I have mentioned is a Pagan who reveres the Roman goddess Fortuna. Apparently, a priestess kept her temple clean and neat although no prayers or sacrifices were offered there. Fortuna must be respected but not entreated although fortuna audaces iuvat.

That Latin proverb would make a good motto for the Time Patrol. Everard guards time sometimes by daring action as when he attacks two Exaltationists and their military escort and grabs a communicator to summon instant help. The course of history depends on such Time Patrol actions.

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