Okayyyyy I’ve finally relented and decided to update. In all honesty, much has progressed since my last post, but I’ve just not been in the mood to type it all out (unlike Shari, who has suddenly resurrected her blog from the dust, haha). And also, I have to say that the past two weeks have been so busy with other assignments and essays and that I haven’t been thinking about the project much.
I really can’t wait for this sem to be over!
So anyway, after much brain-racking and endless cups of Ribena, here’s how I would sum up my project:
Wishing is a collective yet individual human tendency that springs from inciting possibility—whereby the contents of wishes themselves are not so much desired as the possibility of them being fulfilled. This “possibility” depends very much on the balance between (usually) unsubstantiated belief and anticipation, and rational action taken—the former leading into the realm of superstition and magical thinking, and the latter very much taking the form of goals or aims.
Okay, I see you scratching your head over there. So, to further illustrate, here’s an, uh, illustration:
Every wish each person has is like a seed. If nothing is done to it, it remains just that; a seed, or a mental desire in our head. However, we all know that what’s great and exciting about a seed is that it has the possibility of becoming a tree, with leaves, fruit, flowers and so on. (Hence the low opacity on the tree, if you noticed, because its only an imagined state.) This tree, in my little analogy, would be equal to the possibility of a fulfilled wish (or wishes).
In order for the seed to grow and fulfill its possibility, however, it relies on two elements—nature and nurture (for lack of better terms). Nature would involve sunlight, rain and other natural elements that are essential for the seed to grow, and this would be my metaphor for “belief”, superstition, anticipation, hope, and whatever you might call it. Nurture, on the other hand, involves a conscious effort of ploughing the soil, watering the seed, spraying fertilizers etc, which would be the metaphor for “action” or rational, physical steps taken to ensure that the wish comes true.
To complete the analogy, the “type of seed” may differ according to the type of wish one makes (tangible, fantastical etc), and the “type of environment” the seed grows in may differ according to the attitudes and beliefs of the wisher. For example, a ground which already has fertile soil may need little “work” on the part of the grower; and natural elements play a larger part in helping the seed grow. This could be likened to a wisher who is highly superstitious, and believes that simply making a wish and leaving it to “fate” to make it come true is good enough, without taking any further action to fulfill it.
The premise, however, is that there must always be both elements involved, no matter the proportion of each one, in order for the possibility of wish-fulfillment to be present.
Right! Hope that explanation was clear/helpful/useful? Leave me a comment or feedback to let me know!