||The LOTR Movie Site
October 19, 2000
Two Tables... I Mean,
To the Lady of the Golden Woods, I apologize if I misread
you, I am not always up to date on who posts what and for what reasons. I too wish for
some clarity on certain issues, and I hope that my contributions don't run afoul of that
To Mark: I agree with you that heroism is a function of freely choosing the good, which I
have tried to show previously, though apparently without much success. I am a bit curious
about the multiple universes reading of free will, however. If there is free will, then
logically it operates in one universe as well as in many, and the idea that all possible
states are actualized through the multiple universe scenario merely serves to multiply the
problem of destiny: for although in universe "A" one might "freely"
choose, say, to remain a Ranger wandering the fair vale of Rivendell, multiple uiverses
insures that, one way or another, someone else will *necessarily* take up the burden of
reclaiming the kingdoms of Numenor in Middle Earth. Once again, one faces the question of
fate head on, only we have multiple Gandalfs, Frodos, and Gollums to deal with instead of
just one of each.
Maybe it's a function of diminishing return, but viewed from
that kind of God's eye view, the choices of (using Aragorn again) Aragorn prime radically
determine the choices of Aragorn double prime, and so on, and so forth. Freedom seems then
to be little more than the vehicle of natural law in this scenario, rather than the
supernatural force you espoused in the rest of your essay.
Merely curious. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my ramblings.