Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Fairy Tale Spotlight: God vs. Satan

So let's take a moment to fully appreciate the title of this blog. God vs. Satan. On the surface, it might seem right. It sounds like two polar opposites at war with one another. You can pick one side or the other. If you do good, you are for God. If you do evil, you are following Lucifer. There's a problem though.

A lot of Christians mistakenly think that God and Satan are constantly struggling with one another. And this might have been true if it wasn't for a very important point that many people overlook: God created Lucifer. I mean... the angel already lost!

Now that doesn't mean that Lucifer can't make a point here and there. Making a point is all he actually can do. He won't win. He is physically and spiritually incapable of winning. But he does try and make an argument with whatever time he has left. The only reason he has had any power at all is because humans have given it to him.

The word Satan basically just means "The Adversary." But the question here should be, "Who is Lucifer the adversary of?" Well, it's certainly not the being that created him. Yes, it's probably us. Remember that we are the same species of people who created the golden calf. We are ripe for the picking, as far as Satan is concerned.

But when it comes to this nonsensical struggle between God and Satan, it just strikes me as a bit silly. There never was a struggle. Satan can make a few arguments, and sometimes he can even be right. I mean... he certainly has a very low opinion of us. He was able to temp Adam and Karen... I mean Eve. That was pretty bad. But at the end of the day, he is not the strongest person out there. There is no struggle. There is no fight. By default, God already wins. It's not fair. It was never meant to be.

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God prefers the starting position...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Fairy Tale Spotlight: Can Trinities Happen Outside of Christianity?

This is actually a really simple question to answer. On the binary level, the answer is an easy "yes." But I am obligated to explain it at least a little bit. I'll be brief. There's not really much to this.

A trinity refers to three individual persons all with the same nature or goal. God the Father is a completely different person than God the Son. The Holy Spirit is like neither of those. They all have a little in common, but really those little things are not enough to call any of them alike. The Father loves the Holy Spirit. This love is not reciprocated, however the Holy Spirit loves the Son and so supports the Father because of that.

Those three were completely different people yet they all joined up to enact one goal. Each and every one of them suddenly found themselves a part of a purpose, regardless of how they felt about one another. That is not a difficult concept to understand. There have been many collaborations throughout history, and many of them done in threes.

Being a part of a trinity is entirely doable and, in many ways, the three perspectives can often form into a very productive whole. In my life, I tend to be a crazy, impulsive person who writes things off the cuff with little control. Although I do understand and appreciate the opposing viewpoint, I tend to find it boring and continue on in my own way. This way of thinking tends to lean in the direction of how God the Father operates.

Fellow published author and wonderful friend Shawn O'Toole is much like the Holy Spirit in how he operates. He tends to be more reasonable and often finds a lot of what I do and say to be annoying. He is frustrated with my constant stream of energy. I think very highly of him and learn a lot about why the world works the way it does, yet I tend to still go off on my own tangents because that's what a T.K. Wade will do. We clash a lot, but the two opposing personalities make that happen.

My other friend and book illustrator Chris Buffaloe is more of a calm and well composed handyman. He is a strong male presence who generally won't speak unless he really feels he has something to say or asked a question directly. He does not cast pearls before swine. He simply says what he believes and then continues his amazing work. He easily puts up with my shenanigans and Shawn's melancholy. In this way he is much like God the Son, Jesus Christ.

None of us are religious leaders at all. We are all just acting together in a group called the Figments. We have made a number of audio dramas and are working on a video game--none of which are endorsing any organized religion whatsoever. But I feel that, as a trinity, we are a strong unit. Trinities can happen in life aside from within the confines of Christianity. It is a very simple but strong concept. Consider if you are now in or have ever been apart of a trinity.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Fairy Tale Spotlight: Why Would Animals Talk in Fairy Tales?

So talking animals is a very common thing in fairy tales both ancient and modern. The bible has even done this more than once. It seems to be a thing that may have been very real. I've talked about it before, but it's been quite some time. I think it was before I did any of the Divine series which predates Hurricane Florence. That puts it a bit more in perspective for me, I guess.

But I have come a long way in my research since then. I've looked into the nature of energy and how it works. I've tried to calculate why things happen in Fairy Tales from a more realistic perspective. And I just found myself thinking about talking animals from that same outlook.

Talking animals are more prevalent in "fairylands." Fairylands are places inundated with magic so that the supernatural becomes common. Animals should, at this point, stand up on its hind legs (which most of them can do anyways), possibly adorn themselves with clothing (a waistcoat perhaps), and begin speaking words as articulately as any human.

I think, so some degree, I have a different viewpoint on what magic is. Magic is really just the natural energies of the world we deal with every day, but parts of it that we unfortunately don't understand quite as much. A wizard running his finger around a pot to make the water inside boil is really the same thing as putting the pot on a stove and turning on the electric filament. It's the same "magic" just utilizing the energy in different manners.

Magic is not supernatural. It's completely natural, but not commonly understood. These animals become what they are for a reason. Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it makes no sense. But there is one aspect of the talking animal situation that doesn't quite fit into the earlier ideals for how it works. And to be fair to myself, I was merely talking about how these situations were viewed by the people who wrote these stories and thought of them at the time.

My big hold back is that I cannot see any animal acting like a person simply because of anything like magical or mystical energy inundation. They might act strangely, but I don't see them acting like a human without some sort of outside influence. I just don't see animals taking on rogue elements that are not natural to them without there being some outside force enacting context.

Some being outside of the scope of the fairyland would have to provide the context of the animal's new behaviors. Even small things such as civility, wearing clothing, and speaking words would need to be implanted by some sort of imagination or intent. For this reason, I don't think a fairyland could happen naturally and, furthermore, would require the actionable presence of a being existing in control, or, at the very least, acting upon said fairyland in a manner that would produce those unnatural animal behaviors.

And at this point, I should ask why any animal should be walking, talking, and wearing waistcoats at all. I'm not sure it really benefits anybody other than some sort of silly fascination. And from what I can tell, these animals are still quite feral. They are only including a slight semblance of what civility is. The fox will still kill the rabbit. The rat will still try to eat and breed. The raccoon will still obsessively wash his food (in a sink this time.) The difference in all these cases is they are all doing it in a much more proper, civil manner.

But none of these things could even be the slightest bit possible without some sort of outer force that claimed that such things had to happen in this way at all. Otherwise the animals would have to have an inborn understanding of the what, why, and how as pertaining to human culture... and they don't. They just don't. Paganism can only extend as far as an almighty intelligence can allow it to. Animals will only ever do what they were programmed to do... even in the context of a fairyland. It doesn't just happen. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing is random. If an animal talks, it's because someone said that they could.

The interesting thing is that a talking animal is probably possible even to this day. And keep in mind that I am not talking about the angelic hybrids that I have mentioned in older blogs. I am talking about your pet cat. Your horse. Your local skulking fox. They all have the ability to talk and speak their mind, but there's no force acting upon them to make them do so. Nobody has told them of civility, standing, talking, and wearing clothes. And even if they did know those things, would they really understand it? Probably not. Nevertheless, we would see it and smile, and I think that was the point it happened at all. I suppose the one who made it happen was smiling too.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Fairy Tale Spotlight: Light, Dark, and God

Most people prefer light to darkness. In darkness, we tend to tense up. We stumble over things we cannot see. In the light, we can see all that's there, and that is a very good thing. We need light to see what's actually there. For this reason, people tend to link the concept of light to good.

God probably thought light was very good too. He created it after all. And yes, indeed, he said it was good like the rest of his creations. He probably said it was good because it actually allowed him to see the things he had made. Good! To make something and not see it would kinda suck.

So if light is so good and Godly... does that mean that darkness is evil?

Christians often brand Lucifer as "The Prince of Darkness." But wait a minute... If I understand this correctly, Lucifer came after light was created. Does that mean Lucifer existed before God supposedly created him?

The term "The Prince of Darkness" is actually a misnomer brought upon by the silly human concept of Light=Good and Darkness=Evil. He was never the prince of darkness, because he was created after there was light. In fact his very name "Lucifer" refers to light. He is more the "Light Bringer" than the Prince of Darkness. Although I cannot be too sure, I wouldn't actually approach Lucifer without a very powerful brand of sunglasses.

Before God created light, there was nothing but darkness. This was God's domain. Does that mean that God is the Prince of Darkness? Well... It, at the very least, means he is the "God of Darkness" or the "God Who Exist Within Darkness." The latter, I think, being a bit much to say every time. But does that insinuate that God is evil?

Why?

I mean... if darkness was all there was... that just seems more like a general statement of the situation God found himself in. It was dark. There was no light. I don't really understand why darkness is evil... or good.. or really anything other than a lack of light. That's just the world that God existed in. In fact, there's a good chance he still does. The light we know and love is actually a creation he made within our dimension... not his.

Good and evil are not represented by light or dark. Light and dark are just two aspects of illumination or the lack thereof. And if you really want to combine illumination with morality... you best assign darkness to God and light to Lucifer. It makes more sense that way. But really... you're all being very silly when you do this.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Fairy Tale Spotlight: The Lich

What is a lich? A lich is one of the creepiest creeps you will ever find in fairy tale lore. I do not know for certain if they are grounded in reality, but they are fascinating regardless. Please allow me to explain to you what a lich is for those of you who may not have heard of it.

A lich is a very bizarre type of undead. He is not a zombie. And although completely sentient, he is not a vampire. The common lich is often completely stripped of most of his flesh. They often are shown having empty skulls for heads (often with a glow inside the eye sockets). They may still wear clothing for decency's sake. Despite this rather noticeable lack of common human bodily features, they are completely able to walk, talk, and communicate in an entirely civil manner.

The common lore and origin of a lich is a human wizard who gains a massive amount of power (or energy) that both makes him immortal while burning off all the extra flesh of his body in the process. All that's left are the parts of the human body that can stand the heat of what has happened to him.

The creation of a lich can happen in a number of ways. Even the previously blogged "void siphoning" can be the type of rite that makes the transformation possible. I've also seen lore where the wizard has to assemble a large number of magical items which he uses to give himself this strange transformation.

From a energy manipulation standpoint, I believe that the lich is the result of a ridiculous amount of energy being stored inside a corpse. Energy creates heat. Certain human properties cannot stand such heat and melts or burns away. Of course, this leaves the lich looking fantastically hideous, but looking pretty was never the wizard's goal. All he really wanted was power.

I know of absolutely no example of a lich being good. If you know one one, let me know about it. Liches seem to be as evil as they can be. They care nothing for others. Heck, they don't seem to care much about themselves either. They exist to create misery and woe to all those who they attempt to oppress. They act as if gods among men.

You would not want to meet a lich. He would posses an insane amount of power and would likely dispose of you easily. He might also try and enthrall you with his dark magic. Imagine having to serve the whims of an evil skeleton. Not good.

In most of the fiction I have seen involving liches, the stories usually revolve around the hero trying to prevent the wizard from turning into a lich in the first place. Most of the time, the wizard does succeed if only to show the audience what he has truly chosen to become. At this point the hero must fight the lich personally and defeat him in order to stop him from taking over the world with his dark magic. It does seem that this action would ultimately be a hero's job, as the lich should be an extremely powerful villain at that point.

So here is a little thought experiment for you. If you were standing only a couple inches away from a lich... would his skeletal form be cold, heated, or without any noticeable temperature? Take into account the amount of energy it took to make him this way... but also consider his demeanor towards man and himself. There's a bit of hot and cold going into this. Tell me what you think!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Fairy Tale Spotlight: The Room VR: A Dark Matter

[Some small spoilers ahead.]

I recently wrote a rave review of The Room video game series. I called them the best games you can possibly get on a mobile device. My only gripe was that I could not play the fifth game in the series because it was exclusively a VR title.

With the help of a friend, I was recently able to play The Room VR: A Dark Matter in its entirety. It's a bit of a mixed bag, and many of its so called "problems" are not really the fault of the developer. So let's begin.

A friend of mine let me borrow his PS4 VR system. I still had to pay the $30 for the game, but I just really wanted to finish the series. I just loved The Room so much that I went through a lot of silly trouble to play the game. And much of the trouble really was silly.

I think that the way PS4 does VR is extremely lazy. Although some motion control is there, a lot of it is based on how close a light on the controller/helmet is from a camera. It seems horribly inefficient and proved exactly that. Of course, the PS4 VR system will cost you from $200 to $400. A really good one that doesn't rely on something as primitive as cameras and light would knock $800 out of your wallet at base!

The problems with the PS4 VR system ended up causing the image I was seeing to wobble every time I would move one of the controllers in front of the helmet. There was also a problem where I could not extend my arm out very far before it would just give up on reading where the light was at all. All this proved to be a constant frustration, but none of the problems seemed to be the fault of the game as much as it was with PS4 VR. And so... I pressed on.

The meat of the game is juicy indeed. It was a true-blue game in the series. It had everything I ever loved but from a more personal and up close perspective. I felt like I was in these rooms and solving those puzzles. I felt immersed in the plot. I felt like I was really doing something important.

The lore of this game built upon everything that has happened in prior games. I followed in the footsteps of evil men and women. I watched as these persons strove so hard to find ultimate power. Interestingly, you play a detective in this one who has his eyes open to the true evils of the world.

In every game of the series, you are always following someone. You never really get to meet them, but it always feels like they are just ahead of you. Weirdly, you sometimes forget who you are and think you are the person you are following... and that's probably a good thing... from a profiling perspective.

I do not want to spoil too much about this game. I will say, however, that there is a strong Egyptian bent to the dark magic in this one. I have researched a lot of Egyptian magic, and I must say that the fellows at Fireproof games have done their research. It is fiction, but there's a truth to it that resonates remarkably well in this game.

Yes, I do recommend this game. I recommend all of the games in the series, in fact. But is it worth playing on PS4? Sure, if you are willing to put up with some possible problems. It may work well enough for you. But the best way to play it is likely on a really good, quality VR system for a PC. It's too bad I never got to play it that way, but I am still very satisfied with what I experienced.

One last little tidbit--a warning, if you will: The Room games on mobile will generally run you about $5. The Room VR: A Dark matter is $30 and is about as long as the later mobile games in the series. You aren't getting more content. It's all just a bit more immersive because of the VR experience. But use your best judgement to decide if it is worth the price for you. Cheers.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Fairy Tale Spotlight: Hanaby the Witch

[Some minor spoilers ahead.]

Hanaby the Witch is the sequel to the game I recently reviewed called Ameagari no Hanaby, created by developer Enigmatic Network. After experiencing all the wonderful, and sometimes surprising, things in the first game, I was ready for more.

Hanaby, now considered very much an adult retro squirrel, sets off on a new adventure to take a job where she will present a pyrotechnics show to please the masses. This story goes from very simple to very strange almost immediately.

Her new journey almost entirely leaves reality and travels into a bunch of magical realms, starting with one that seemed heavily inspired by Alice and Wonderland--a theme which continues on and off throughout the game. There were some notable differences though. Just hear me out:

1. Alice was a squirrel.

2. The white rabbit was actually a black rabbit with an afro.

3. The Cheshire cat seemed to be more interested in forcing Hanaby to play Boolean logic puzzles.

So that last one was a bit annoying. I am not a fan of Boolean logic puzzles. I don't even want to explain how they work because they make my brain hurt. The good news is that they only appear in the second and last stage of the game, so if you are worried about them, they won't mess you up too bad.

The story of Alice and the Black Rabbit (whose name was Bob) was probably the most enjoyable couple I have ever seen in a game. Bob expected Alice to never be late for his tea parties which would somehow devolve into a D&D game of some sort. There was a long cut-scene where they rambled on and on about the story of their most recent games, and I liked every single moment of it.

I mean... yeah, there was a story behind this game... and it was good. But I don't really want to spoil any of it. Just know that there was a black afro bunny named Bob who aggressively forced Alice into tea party/D&D games. That's amazing. I am so happy I found this game. I honestly could have never predicted that's where it was going with the two. In actuality, I thought he was her pimp!

Hanaby the Witch is a much harder game than Ameagari no Hanaby, but it was never too hard for me. The firework-based combat was still clever and fun. The music by artist AAAA was still a blast. I have recently bought both soundtracks for myself. They are wonderful!

There was no level that even remotely resembled X-rated Xanadu from the first game, and I guess that's fine. That pretty much means that this game is 100% family friendly, were Ameagari no Hanaby was like 90% family friendly. I wasn't really upset over the loss of a wildly out of place adult themed level. I already liked the characters, the story, and black afro bunny Bob. There was plenty here to adore.

I entirely recommend Hanaby the Witch, especially if you felt the first game was not challenging enough. This game will give you a run for your money but will never feel unfair at any time. Most of the really difficult parts only took me a few tries to figure out. I never got real stuck anywhere. This is a wonderful series, and I hope to see a new one in the future!

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