In Memoriam

"I think this is the human condition, really, you've got to find out what your particular personality and gifts are aimed at, people have to find themselves. And it's a lucky child that knows that they're a genius, unaimed and all that. I do feel very strongly that this is one of the things which people need encouragement to sort out, because I have this very strong feeling that everybody is probably a genius at something, it's just a question of finding this. And indeed if you think you're a genius at something, what you achieve is very much according to your expectations; if you think you're no good, you're not going to get anywhere. If you think you're moderate, you're only going to get halfway to moderate, because you get half-way to where you're aiming every time, really. [...] And I feel that, you know, it's terribly important to build up to children this notion that it's O.K., that you are a person, and you will find (yourself). All fantasy, it seems to me, works the way your brain basically works. This is perhaps a startling concept, but I think it's true. Your brain, when it's working on a problem, says "what if, what if, what if?" Fantasy is just an extension of "what if?" And if you think about it, your brain is aimed to come out with a satisfactory solution jubilantly, and you want really to point children in that direction and say "there is a solution", and you should be happy, and you should be hopeful. It's pointing people in the right way, and trying for sanity. Because all these things that crib and cab in your brain, in your imagination, are in fact things that might well in later life drive you insane. You want to sort of provide little openings, so that people can say... "yes!" This is why I like happy endings, incidentally."

Diana Wynne Jones, 16 August 1934 – 26 March 2011