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Poem: "Miracles and Other Lies"
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From: technoshaman Date: August 13th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're not the only one. No,seven year olds don't grok life's Mysteries, but the world needs a little more "This WILL be fair!"...

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 13th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

I disagree: I think that children have a better grasp of some things than most adults do. Dr. Infanta is different in significant part because for her, some of those things are permed and won't fade with time.

Between them, Dr. Infanta and Nanette are holding up pieces of some things I often say:

1) Life isn't fair; the purpose of civilization is to make life more fair.

2) A hero's job is to make the world a better place.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 13th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I sympathize with her too. Some of her goals are laudable. Her motivations are utterly sensible -- she's just living what she's learned, the good and the bad alike. Her methods, ah, that's where the supervillain part comes in. She's an assassin, a terrorist, has horrifying powers that she uses. So I think of her as bifocal.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 14th, 2014 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Well, if we're talking about emotional signature, Dr. Infanta is in a class of her own. She has the hero-band of making things better, and that's what some people pick up on who consider her very trustworthy -- which she is, in a lot of ways. She has the villain-band of ruthlessness, but it is quite specifically the child version -- the way some kids will do rather appalling things because their ethics haven't grown in yet. Chilly, but not arctic. She does NOT have the deeper band of evil that is reveling in another person's suffering just for the sake of tormenting them. She's no puppeteer either; her extensive manipulation is all defensive or benevolent.

It makes sense to me that folks will resonate with characters based on similarity of context, experiences, choices, etc. And if feeling and thinking point in different directions, most people will trust their feelings.
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