If you close your eyes and imagine yourself somewhere else right now, you form a picture in a non-material realm in your mind, which isn’t restricted by the physical laws of the universe. This realm isn’t tangible but it exists, and it has been argued that if there is a God, this is where we would find Him/Her. Applying ideas of quantum physics to this, the angels described in Pullman’s books could exist as beings in the spiritual and material world, suspended between two states in a similar way to light being suspended between waves and particles.
After the Brexit results were announced, many teenagers were frustrated that the final outcome seemed to be based primarily upon the votes of the elderly, whom the decision would last for a shorter period of time. However, something which has provoked much speculation is the debate over whether or not allowing sixteen and seventeen year olds to partake in the referendum – something I was passionately in favour of – would have actually altered the results.
‘Supernatural’ is a good show to watch with a philosophical mind, perhaps only to be watched in daylight and not by anyone with fear of ghosts but for those with strong dispositions it is something that touches the deepest questions of our society and two of the most prominent schools of philosophical thought.
We can see that history is still influencing the way that we see and depict villains and the qualities the western world seeks to emphasises in its heroes, such as fighting for ‘freedom’ and democratic western ideals.
Do you ever think fairytales are a bit ‘meh’? The girls are always beautified, helpless victims, who have to be saved by the strong and handsome prince. Either that, or they’re antagonised as ugly evil witches.
The term ‘esperanto’ literally means ‘one who hopes’. It was the pseudonym under which Zamenhof wrote his books, with the intention of it reflecting his hopes for this language.