Symbolic Transgressions

[Sabbatai Sevi’s] transgressions, which formed so characteristic a part of his behavior, did not become a “normal” pattern. Their significance was purely symbolic. They were indicative of some special, exalted condition of the soul.

Sabbatai Sevi: The Mystical Messiah, Gershom Scholem

I wanted to share this quote because it ties into a comment I made on a panel at Salt Lake Comic Con — that in the real world, wizards and holy men (the line is often fine) often show that they have transcended ordinary mortality by deliberately violating taboos.

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One Response to Symbolic Transgressions

  1. Lee says:

    How true. Reminds me of two characters in C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew: Uncle Andrew (“however excellent [rules] may be for…people in general, can’t possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages”) and Queen Jadis (“what would be wrong for you or for any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I”).

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