At this point in the Relationship Series I feel it’s important to take a break and steady our perspective.
Some of us have had positive experiences and developed harmonious and helpful relationships with other entities/creatures and in this case Reptilians, but that certainly does not mean that the next reader will necessarily. Also, not all of our relationships have been such, and I want to take a moment to step back and revisit that fact before we go any further.
We as a species have a habit of romanticising in general. Think medieval period (manorialism, feudalism, Crusades, famine, plague, war, the advent of heresy(?)…), and you imagine a fair maiden in a modest shapely dress with a sash about her waist, her long hair blowing in a gentle breeze while foxgloves sway at her feet. I do anyway. Just visit any seminar these days concerning making ‘money’ in some form or other and you are sold romanticised risk. Our entertainment and mythology is fraught with romanticised depictions of the Reptilian. The mysterious and gifted vampire. So near and yet so far.
Recently I’ve noticed it’s aimed at children. Green or blue eyes (most of us are no stranger to some Reps making their eyes blue to keep us calm) with the pupils square in shape, and give them dog-like behavioural characteristics mixed with a little human psychology and we humans automatically feel safer. Everyone wants a pet dragon.
I’m inexperienced in on-line gaming or gaming in general, but many of the pictures I find for my blog are from such games. The dragon is, and has always been a big deal, in all of it’s various forms.
We call them humanoid – were we made in their image or were they made in ours? Or were we both made in the image of someone else? On account of calling them humanoid a person can be forgiven for inadvertently and unconsciously thinking ‘they must be like me in some way surely’, become more trusting or curious, and even feel safer and eager to seek interaction hoping for signs of intellectual, spiritual, and even emotional equal. I know my other posts have pointed at being wary of making such errors, but you and I both know it still happens. Even to the more veteran among us. Humans like to or want to believe they themselves are loveable, and often they want to make others feel loved too, and some even think they are saving someone else when they try making the other more like their idea of the ‘better’ among us. They want to change them. To be more like us. We really need to remember to observe our differences fairly and allow them to be, and learn about and assess other creatures according to their own value systems and cultural and societal functions. It’s easy to make the mistake of projecting ourselves onto them only to find ourselves in all sorts of trouble.
Case in point: At work recently someone told me a story of an acquaintance of theirs who had a pet python of some sort. She loved her snake. The reptile had recently stopped eating and after an extended period of concern she took him to her vet. The vet asked some basic questions: ‘Do you sleep in bed with him? Yes. Ok, does he sometimes squeeze you gently? Yes. Well I’m sorry to inform you, but your snake has been sizing you up and is now starving himself in preparation for eating you.’ Whatever the origins of that story I think it loudly demonstrates how we can so easily misinterpret another creature’s behaviour and intentions.
Maintaing perspective can be hard to do. I know it. Use your most important and steady human relationship as a control/reference point/guide. If that relationship suddenly looks different to you then heed a warning that something is up. More on this soon in a future blog in which I will discuss some ‘side effects’. In the meantime maintain a balanced perspective if you can, stay safe and self aware.