bruset said:Woah, he lives!!!![/QUOTE
By the age of four my Dad had populated my mind with the Headless Horseman, Mrs. Leeds unfortunate, fearsome get, Hitler, Baron Munchausen, Musollini, the wraith who lost his "golden arm...", Quisling, Tojo, Hirohito, ... and John Dewey.
When, by the age of five, I was sufficiently curious as to which were the most fearsome I was quickly brought to understand that the contemporary monsters, those to whom could be absolutely and definitively ascribed the wanton deaths of millions of innocents, were of the sort that would have to be met with and dealt with in our own time. And that such as the Leed's Devil, the headless Horseman, and others of their ilk were truly fearsome in their appearance and potential for havoc, but totally lacking in a proven "body count." By the end of every tale of them I heard as a child they thwarted doers of evil and, surprisingly, arranged for a positive outcome to the honest and rightious... According to Dad Mrs. Leed's kid scared the Hell outta Washington which helped him cross the Delaware ... and later traveled down to Yorktown to help the French and the colonists put some whup on Cornwallis.
Years later, Joseph Campbell reinforced to me the notion that myths and the beings that populate them live ... exist ... in the informed actions and attitudes of the folk who have learned, learn from, and pass on those myth traditions.
So , does the Jersey Devil exist? I'll vote yes.
And by-the-bye, I do think my Dad was pretty hard on John Dewey, but he was certainly right that, with time, more contemporary monsters would appear and demand of the world to be dealt with.
Dave in Estelline
uuglypher said:bruset said:Woah, he lives!!!![/QUOTE
By the age of four my Dad had populated my mind with the Headless Horseman, Mrs. Leeds unfortunate, fearsome get, Hitler, Baron Munchausen, Musollini, the wraith who lost his "golden arm...", Quisling, Tojo, Hirohito, ... and John Dewey.....
Dave in Estelline
Gerania said:Wow, sounds like your Dad had a pretty interesting notion about what a bedtime story should be!
Oh, my Dad's tales weren't limited to bedtime; anytime a point of some sort needed to be made was a good time for a new (or a repeated) story!
grendel said:It is hard to look at things the same after that.
some peopletell me it was a big buck in rut bellowing,well if deer can sound that loud we would need bigger guns!