Monday, 23 December 2013

Effects Of The Endless

In Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series, "Three Septembers And A January" is the only occasion on which Despair of the Endless initiates anything. She challenges Dream on behalf of the youngest three of the Endless. Dream's response causes the historical phenomenon of Norton I, Emperor of the United States.

Later, Dream's seventy two year imprisonment causes:

the "sleepy sickness," beginning in 1916;
serial killers, inspired by an escaped nightmare;
maybe some other forms of social madness - dreams that should have been resolved in the Dreaming but instead are acted out in the waking world?

Despair is my least favorite of the Endless.
I like Death most, of course.
I envy Destiny his Doctor Manhattan-like cosmic perspective.
I share several characteristics with Dream:

conscientiousness about duties to be performed;
incompetence in personal relationships;
blindness to anything not perceived as interesting -

- but I would not condemn anyone, let alone a former lover, to Hell. (On the other hand, I am not a mythical being and they tend to act like that.)

Destruction is likeable.
Desire is not.
Delirium would soon become tiresome.

Dream has powerful enemies:

John "Doctor Destiny" Dee usurps the power of dreams;
Desire and the Devil both threaten to destroy Dream;
but he is eventually destroyed by his number one enemy.

How are the Endless a family? They have no parents, unless we say that the universe is their common single parent? Desire and Despair are "twins" because they originated together but, otherwise, the Endless might have regarded themselves as unrelated independent powers?

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