Sunday, 17 January 2016
Olaf Magnusson And Nicholas Ingolfsson
"...could not even declare openly his love for Merseia.
"But the time came when he gave Merseia his son.
"The boy Olaf accompanied him there and remained."
-Poul Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (New York, 2012), pp. 435-436.
Is the man Olaf Magnusson capable of questioning or rejecting his deeply embedded loyalty to Merseia?
"...the tiny wrinkled form ...quieted and peered around with mild, unfocused blue eyes. 'My own sweet Nicholas; I'm goin' call yo' Nikki, hear?'"
-SM Stirling, The Stone Dogs (New York, 1990), pp. 331-332.
Twenty years hence, that peering new-born baby will have become an unreflecting Draka adult. This is the moment when a difference could be made - if that baby could now be rescued from Draka indoctrination, in fact from indoctrination. Throughout my upbringing and education, I was told what I believed and that it was wrong to question it whereas my daughter was told, by me, that, if she asked me what I thought, then I would tell her but she might disagree with me as she grew older. Now, she agrees with me on some issues but not on others. I think that her life is better as a result.