B-Belief with BFG

“The matter with human beans,’ the BFG went on, ‘is that they is absolutely refusing to believe anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.”
-Roald Dahl, BFG

This quote appears in Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant (BFG).( Incase you are new to the Gobblefunk language, a human bean is what the giants of Giant Country call a human. It sounds a bit like human being, but tastier. Most giants eat human beans, but the BFG is a vegetarian giant, so he only eats snozzcumbers!)

B is for Belief , a feeling of certainty about what something means, is or can be.
The book repeatedly makes you realize belief is such a decisive factor of everyday life. When the BFG tells Sophie that he can hear dreams talking, can catch them in nets and blow them into children’s bedrooms, Sophie doesn’t believe him because she hasn’t seen it for herself. “ You can’t collect a dream, ” Sophie said. When the BFG tells her that humans are the only creature that kill their own kind she refuses to believe him. She is very reluctant to accept that this is true. Until finally, when Sophie is on the Queen’s window sill, even though she is terrified that the dream may not work, she has to accept that there is nothing she can do but hope and believe it will work.

And here are your questions to ponder…

What are the things you believe in without seeing? Do you require a gift to prove there is friendship and flowers to believe there is love?

What shapes these beliefs? A complex conundrum of places we come from, past events , gathered knowledge and future vision. Are these empowering you or limiting you?

…What happens when you dismiss all things ‘magical’ and fantastic? Have you dismissed a kids book on dragons and unicorns as mere futile flights of fantasy?

Do you pride yourself on being logical and realistic ? What are the notions you would consider ‘childish’ and why did you term it so?

Leaving you with a bonus quote from Alice in Wonderland.

“This is impossible – Alice
Only if you believe it . – The Mad Hatter”

5 comments

  1. Ahh, here’s the rub… if someone is logical, they are likely to encounter proof that the theory of the multiverse is correct. And, therefore, everything is real and possible. That somewhere, there really is a universe with giants and unicorns and dragons. 🤴🏽🧚🏽‍♀️🧜🏽‍♂️🧞‍♀️🐉🦄🐱‍👓🐱‍🏍 So the logical argument that those things don’t exist is blown out of the water by the equally logical and scientific argument that they can and must exist. And the possibility that some people know about these things because they can “view” or experience other verses.

    There’s my philosophical comment for the day.

    It’s hard to believe the alphabet part of the blogging challenge is over for 2021. Down to the after survey, reflections, and the “road trip” sign-up.
    Plus, I’m taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon in May. So much excitement!
    J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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  2. We absolutely love the BFG! Fantasy and imagination are so so vital for a child’s development and creativity. We don’t think there are any genres more “high-brow” than others – we just need to use our imaginations a bit more for some than others. Half of us probably wouldn’t be pursuing postgrad degrees in the arts and humanities, if we hadn’t been reading books like The BFG as kids!

    Check out our A-Z at https://sasiety.co.uk/a-z-challenge-b-bloomsbury/ !

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  3. I haven’t read BFG, but watched the movie and loved it. Spielberg’s, I believe. It was heartwarming.
    Coming to the questions, I’m both realistic and a believer in magic. It’s not hard to balance these two, imo. One just needs to keep the light alive inside them. 🙂

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