Ursula: Only in Dark the Light

Ursula K. Le Guin, a remarkable author. I just finished reading A Wizard of Earthsea to Liam.

A Wizard of Earthsea

Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawks flight on the empty sky.

How many science fiction and fantasy stories echo this intrinsic theme of mortality, simplicity and humility before the universe? How many religions provided it beforehand–I cannot count. Babylon 5 is a notable example of contemporary science fiction that also expresses many of these basic themes. I’m glad to be reading this story to Liam–I look forward to reading The Tombs of Atuan next. Ultimately, I look forward to Liam and Jesse recognizing these themes in other stories they read and watch in the future.

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