“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”