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A Tendency to Tamper

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Reflections on our left-brain approach to everyday life and the nature of reality

by Larry Barnett

My seven-year-old granddaughter and I were watching an animated movie about a curious fairy who is told by her Fairy Master not to tamper with Pixie Dust. She does, of course, and an accident caused by one of her experiments wreaks havoc with the Fairy Village.

As we usually do, we talked about the movie. After I picked her up at school the other day, she asked me exactly what “tamper” means. “Well,” I said, “tampering is experimenting with combining or changing things without being sure what will happen. Like when that fairy fooled around with Pixie Dust not knowing what the new Pixie Dust would do.” “You mean like discovering she could make pink Pixie Dust?” she asked. “Yes, exactly” I replied. “Remember when we talked about how a chemist mixes different things to make new combinations? It’s just like that. People tamper with stuff all the time, and sometimes what they discover is good and sometimes bad. They have to know what they are doing. And,” I added sagely, “some things are dangerous and should not be tampered with at all. Understand?” “Papa” she said, and then paused. “You tamper with words.” Continue…

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