Sunday, April 22, 2012

Art Feature: Switch In My Head

the enemy's gate is down,
and my head is up...
in the clouds,
in the sky,
and I'm passing o'er the battle high,
but never high enough.

throw the switch in my head
and turn the world about...
once o'er the ground,
now upside-down
and the battle rains down instead;
now has too far to drop.
"Switch In My Head," 9 Feb 2011
Available on deviantArt

Any great fan of science fiction ought to recognize the first line.

Andrew Wiggin, with whom I share a name, and some days, a great deal more, threw a wrench in the great spinning wheels that composed Battle School, but for the hope in him, the management destroyed it so that a much greater machine could continue running.

His first wrench was to change other people's perspective of the world around him. He saw what others did not see, perhaps because they could not see it, or maybe they just didn't want to.

When you're weightless, the only rules about direction are those that you bring with you.

Optical illusions are not so dissimilar.

Most (or all, I hope) of you are familiar with the picture that is either two faces or a vase. Only a very few people can see both at the same time, and I will not go so far as to say I am among them, especially as I am not. However, I have found that there is a switch in my head that I can flip, and instead of one, I can see the other. Instead of seeing the enemy's gate ahead of me, I can see it below me, and a battle fought downhill is ever so much easier than one fought on a plain or uphill.

Flip that switch in my head and my perspective changes. Same of the spinning dancer: she spins one way until I flip the switch, and then she spins the other way. Too many people have tried to interpret which side of your brain you use most by the direction she spins.

What if I can make her spin both ways? Can I be both analytical and creative?