From Zelda To Alice : Wishes

A few weeks ago I bought a Nintendo Switch.  With it I bought The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

I had, of course, heard of Zelda in the past but this is the first time I’d played it.  I have no idea how many hours I am in to the game, but it seems that a fairly key thing in the game is making meals.  Link can collect various food stuffs and can cook them with other things.  When this happens, the meal becomes greater than the sum of its parts when it comes the health benefits of that food.

As I was making my latest batch of Spicy Seafood Fry so that I could stay warm while traversing the Great Plateau, I noticed an eye lash that I’d either rubbed out or had fallen out of its own accord.  I carefully picked it up and blew it away, making a wish as I did so.

Desperate for the wish to come true and inspired by my Zelda recipes, I wondered what would happen if I’d have blown two eyelashes at the same time.

The reason I considered this an important question is that there are two possible answers as I see it.  If blowing two lashes at once was a positive thing, then I’d get double the wishing power.  This could add extra weight to my wish to (something like, because if you share your wish it won’t come true) spend the rest of my life with the woman of my dreams and live happily ever after in a world without pain, suffering, hunger and Volkswagen Passats.

If that wasn’t right, though, then I’d basically be wasting a wish and should change my thoughts towards spending the rest of my life with the woman of my dreams in a world without pain, suffering, hunger and Volkswagen Passats as one wish, and a stack of toffee and banana pancakes for breakfast every morning as another.  Two separate wishes, and a difficult decision about which means more to me – light and fluffy deliciousness or The Devil’s Own Car.

Just like with computer games nowadays, there are no instructions about wishes either.  And yes, everyone will say that they only way to make your wishes come true is to go out and do something about it with the things you can control.

The Mad Hatter has other thoughts:

You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.

We all dream and wish, whether consciously or subconsciously.  We all desire things.  In an essay entitled The Psychology Of Wish Fulfilment for  The Scientific Monthly in 1916, John B Watson puts forward:

When the adult strives for something which society denies him, his environment offers him, if he is normal, something which is ” almost as good,” although it may not wholly take the place of the thing he originally strove for.

Just for now, can we assume that it’s the magic of wishes the bridges the gap meaning that we don’t always have to settle for “almost as good”?

I saw a man, he stole our national thunder
He had to leave on a glorious ride

He was lovesick but didn’t know
That he worshiped all we wrote
I’m sure he loved that back and forth
But didn’t understand it, no

The lizard shit and held it under our nostrils
Don’t believe the lamb, believe the wolf

He was lovesick but didn’t know
That he worshiped all we wrote
I’m sure he loved that back and forth
But didn’t understand it, no

I see a land, they’ll never show
Cause this is not what we chose
No new tomorrows, no change of roles
We’ll never reap what we sow
For this is not what we chose
Cause this is not what we chose
No new tomorrows, no change of roles
We’ll never reap what we sow

He was lovesick but didn’t know
That he worshiped all we wrote
I’m sure he loved that back and forth
But didn’t understand it, no

Small Wishes by Biffy Clyro

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