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IGNORANCE INVITES

The dominant feature in my posts is probably my interest in the supernatural. Interesting things in current affairs creep in often enough, but religion and the supernatural have pride of place. I include the Christian religion as part of the supernatural because that’s where it belongs. Sometimes people see it as completely different, but that is only because of the long history and the assumption that it is morally good. When seeking to influence God by prayer, people are seeking to influence a supernatural entity. Names and traditions make no difference. Rules and rites and rituals of one sort or another are an attempt to gain access to an imagined power.

Happily, we have no proof that any such attempts work. We are just plain ignorant. And that is a wonderful state because of the opportunity it offers. Ignorance invites us to challenge it in some way, and two forms of challenge are the scientific one and the imaginative one. The scientist seeks to attack the unknown and discover truth. His rewards are the ability to modify the physical world for good or bad by the atom bomb (bad) or life-saving drugs (good). But the scientist is limited in the sense that he can only discover what exists.

The imaginative way to challenge ignorance is not limited in that way and has much wider scope. Since we don’t know for certain that a thing does not exist, we can fantasise about it’s nature and it’s powers and it’s intentions and nobody can prove us wrong. You don’t have to look far to realise that the evidence of our own senses is unreliable, and that things can exist beyond our comprehension. Science reveals new things every day and you only need to own a dog to know that smells exist that we can’t smell. So ignorance invites us to enter a  boundless world of the imagination in which nothing is impossible.

That’s why I love writing about my witchdoctress heroine and the results that she can achieve by supernatural activities. That’s why I love reading about the multitudinous ways that man has attempted since the dawn of civilisation to make contact with whatever is ‘out there’.

Nshila Ileloka exists in the books described at chriselgoodbooks.co.uk

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