bauchelain-korbalThomas Aquinas and Jean Porter are swimming around in my brain at the moment. It makes for an interesting combination… overall, I like Aquinas better. He’s rather brilliant, even though I’m not completely sold on some of his ideas. I’ve also found that he presents some ideas that I’ve already settled on, and it’s always nice to have that kind of verification of your thoughts. Thus far, my favorite is the idea that the body is contained within the soul. Aquinas argues that a body is present in anything upon which it has an effect (think Einstein’s field theory… which was essentially first postulated in the twelfth century by a monk… pretty cool, huh?). This, the soul is in the body in that the body in contained entirely within the ‘field’ of effect that the soul creates. Essentially, this is an argument that the body is a manifestation of the soul, the soul is not simply one part of the physical body (see Decartes, who posited that the soul might be contained in the Pineal gland). Anyway, I have a story challenge for you. So, you know the rules. Take your subject and run with it. Write me a story of 1000 words or less and stay on topic. As before, if it’s in any way applicable, you should use this to try to develop your world a little more :).

Your Challenge: Write me a story about plague and pestilence. This could be a historical fiction piece about the black plague, a modern piece that deals with the aids epidemic, or you could actually personify plague or pestilence and write the story from their perspective. I’d actually like to suggest to some intrepid individual to read Steven Erikson’s Korbal Broach and Bauchelain and write a story with personifications of Plague and Pestilence as the central characters in a similar style.

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