small wonder that spell means both

Small wonder that spell means both a story told, and a formula of power over living men. From “On Fairy-Stories” by J. R. R. Tolkien. Note (from Online Etymology Dictionary) in Old English “spell” meant: “story, saying, tale, history, narrative, fable; discourse, command.” The meaning of “a set of words with supposed magical or occultContinue reading “small wonder that spell means both”

the people who ultimately overcome the contagion of victimization

The Gospels dramatize the human impossibility by insisting on the disciples’ inability to resist the crowd during the Passion (especially Peter, who denies Jesus three times in the High Priest’s courtyard). And yet, after the Crucifixion—which should have made matters worse than ever—this pathetic handful of weaklings suddenly succeeds in doing what they had beenContinue reading “the people who ultimately overcome the contagion of victimization”