June 12, 2010
Putting aside her usual scientific and sociological tone, faerie researcher Fiona Broome explains why believing in faeries is so exciting.
She starts by explaining that people around the world believed in faeries (or entities like them) through the early 20th century. Then, the tidal wave of science smashed the dreams of faerie believers by calling their ideals mere "fantasies."
However, despite the disapproval by many, people continue to believe in faeries and the fae world. This goes beyond the "Ooh, cool!" exclamations of some science fiction enthusiasts. It's more of an affinity for faeries, mermaids, dragons, and the ideals (and personalities) of King Arthur's court.
Faerie believers aren't just wishing that faeries were real. They believe in them. From the first time they encounter a "fairy tale" or something related to the faerie-fantasy realm, there's a deep sense of recognition. It's an "ah-HA!" moment, and sometimes a sense of finding home.
Science changes its mind
Keep in mind that the rules of 20th century science don't necessarily apply today. Look into the discoveries and mysteries of gravity, and how that relates to quantum science and membrane studies.
Also consider Dr. Fred Wolf's views on dreams and alternate realities, as presented in What the Bleep? and other intriguing studies. He presents wonderful "what if..?" questions.
Fiona talks about topics like these, and how they may related to the real world of faeries.
For more information about faeries, visit Faerie Magick.
Music: The Moods of Man, written and orchestrated by James Underberg.