The general that is immediately older than my generation is on that has seen so much change. With the increasingly more technologically-advanced world that surrounded them from the 60s onwards, my parents have experienced the first mobile phones, thousands of different politic figures, genocide, disasters, even whole countries changing through conflict, politics and wealth. In a way, looking at ourselves is like looking at the effects we’ve made as well. So looking at the previous generation to mine is like interpreting a whole lifetime’s worth of experiences, just by the mannerisms and appearances of those people.
Elders of communities have always been seen as a source of wisdom and information. Even though the previous generation to mine may not be quite that old yet, they are still older and wiser (hopefully) and we can look to them for aid and comfort when we need it. They are role-models and wisdom treasure-troves, however the people of the same generation who we don’t think of similarly can still be sources of learning. If they’ve made a mistake, we can learn not to make the same one ourselves. If they are unkind to people, we can be there for them.
The younger generation is one that is growing up in a world of change, although most of us do not fully understand and/or appreciate just how much. Today is a time of change, yes, however it is different to the times of the previous generation, and this makes it both more interesting and difficult for us. But that’s the way it’s always been. We have a duty to become the fountain of learning for the next generation, the younger generation. We must accept the role of being the older generation, for the next generation’s sake. We must make the right decisions and be the best that we can. That is age.
There are so many people who I would love to read my blog. I have so many influences, and for different things too. For example, when I have written stories my biggest influences have been the fantasy giants – Tolkien, Le Guin, Gaiman and Pratchett are just some of these. Since I write on this blog, I suppose I would have to choose one of these people, however I think some mentions of my other influences in art and music composition would also be appropriate – you never know, I might choose one of them!
I have been composing music since I was eight years old, usually on a piano. The kinds of pieces I would write would often last no longer than three minutes, and would never be written down – all of it would be kept in my head. Growing up, I started to listen to some of the composer who today make up my favourites – Debussy, Ravel, Mahler, Bach, Schubert and Prokofiev are a select few of these. All these people I would love to read my blog for sure, but for their sakes I’m not going to say I want one of these to be the one person who reads this blog – it wouldn’t be very interesting for them I don’t think.
Art-wise, René Lalique, Gaudi, Shaun Leane and Picasso are some of the artists whose work I adore. All of them are Art Nouveau-period onwards. Shaun Leane and René Lalique are/were both jewellery designers influenced by natural forms, even though their work differs greatly. Gaudi of course was the famous architect – Sagrada Familia is perhaps one of my favourite architectural designs in the world. I find Picasso’s Cubist work extremely interesting – the ‘broken mirror’ effect is one of my favourite ideas in art, and I’ve painted a lot using Cubist techniques. However, all of these people would also not be interested in my blog I don’t think.
Now, in true Spraffing style, who out of my extremely wacky and imaginative head would I have read this blog?
Five year old me? One of the characters in one of my stories or tales? I genuinely can’t decide – my blog seems so inferior to all the famous people, and it’s impossible for something that no longer exists or that has never existed to read it! Come on, think!
I’m going to have to say Sparrowhawk.
Archmage Ged, or Sparrowhawk as he is called most of the time, is more of a philosopher than a wizard – all he talks about throughout the books he belongs to (‘Tales from Earthsea’ by Le Guin) is ‘when it is right to use magic’, and ‘maintaining the balance of the world’. For me, out of the three wizards, he is the most wise. Indeed a wizard is a figure of power, but power
through intellect, through wisdom. Perhaps then Archmage Ged is also the most powerful. He is a character who has experienced more than the average person – death, fear, pain, redemption, companionship, power, imprisonment, exile, and he becomes all the wiser for it. He, like me, strives to experience as much as possible throughout his life, by travelling further than any man has done, travelling back from the world of Death, even facing and levelling with dragons (who in the books are pretty much omnipotent).
Sparrowhawk is one of the three wizards, all of which are very different and conjure different types of magic. These three wizards are Gandalf, Sparrowhawk, and Dumbledore. These three wizards are so different, yet so wonderful in all their own rights. All of them are wise, all of them would make me feel safe if I was to encounter them. Yet, I think Sparrowhawk would have to be the one to read my blog.