Marshwiggle Wisdom For Those of You In Mourning

by Greg Linscott

This seems appropriate for those of you, like myself, who have considered yourself conservative and yet awaken in the world in which we find ourselves each day…

“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things– trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in this case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important that the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.”

-Puddleglum the Marshwiggle in C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair