“Either The Well Was Very Deep, Or She Fell Very Slowly…”

I’ve begun listening to an audio-book version of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, and, being at the third chapter, I am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s nice to escape the collective version of reality every once in a while, and this priceless example of classic fantasy, published in 1865, is the perfect ticket to intellectual freedom. How can one enjoy reading such a novel as this without first permitting their usually “rational” minds a certain amount of lee-way, in terms of what is commonly deemed “possible” or “impossible”?

To read and enjoy “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is to accept the fact that not all things in life need to make sense. Sometimes, “real-life” situations occur which, upon further reflection, appear to make about as much sense as seeing a rabbit pull a watch out of its waistcoat pocket and say, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!”, or finding a bottle with a label reading, “Drink me”, and finding that the drink causes one to shrink in size. Really, not much of what goes on in today’s “rational” world actually makes any real sense.

I suppose that reading this novel is perhaps not so much a case of escaping to a world different than our own, but more a case of looking at our world with a different perspective, through another person’s eyes. What we see depends on who we are, but this fact still remains: If our current world situation makes as much sense as a book about falling down a rabbit hole into another world, what kind of state is our world really in?

Sources:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, 1865

http://librivox.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_wonderland

http://www.literature.org/authors/carroll-lewis/alices-adventures-in-wonderland/

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~ by offling on April 9, 2009.

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