We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance... And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.
The contradictions are what make human behavior so maddening and yet so fascinating, all at the same time.
Humans are upsetting a fragile balance that their own human ancestors established.
What I do not want to write is didactic political tracts.
And so The Snow Queen also became a story about the need to seek equilibrium, in our own lives, with the natural world, even within the universe at large.
Humans may be the only creatures on Earth who spend significant time thinking about the fact that someday their lives will end.
What does immortality mean to me? That we all want more time; and we want it to be quality time.
Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the myth in their own traditions, so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning.
The ecosystem of our world is a closed system: it would run out of gas, collapse of its own weight.
Probably I chose immortality because mortality is a universal human obsession.
Myth is, after all, the neverending story.
Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes have recurred over and over, in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess Venus from the sea of our unconscious.
Besides, wouldn't it be wonderful if no one ever had to worry about the random cruelty of fatal illness or the woes of old age attacking them or their loved ones?
But our society does not grant nontraditional forms of intelligence equal recognition, no matter how much it would help us get along or truly enrich our lives.
Here was a fragment of Goddess myth that, through all its permutations, had somehow escaped being turned on its head. It was the perfect springboard for the sort of novel I wanted to write.
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