I tried. I tried really hard to avoid this story. But the fourteen-year-old in me wouldn’t let me resist.
Actually this is a subject I might look into further.
Not for fourteen-year-old reasons mind you, but for thirty-year-old reasons.
I’m no psychologist, but I kinda get a kick out of figuring out how the mind works, and this would seem a prime example. After all, I feel pretty confident in my belief that there aren’t really any wizards who have the magical ability to steal penises with a single touch. However, folks take these roving bands of penis snatchers pretty seriously.
Serious enough for there to have been lynchings and for some accused wizards being beaten to death in the past.
Likely there is some sort of psychological suggestive work going on here, but I’m not sure what. What we do know is that the human mind is particularly susceptible to suggestion. If you don’t believe me, try it yourself. Yes, in just a few brief steps, you too can be a master of mind control.
Next time you walk into a room and start talking to someone, look them straight in the eye. Now, as the conversation continues, take a moment to look over their shoulder. Don’t be obvious, just briefly glance at the wall behind them.
They’ll look, guaranteed (unless of course they’re being real emotional; that might override whatever miniscule psychological suggestions you are implanting in their mind).
Try it several times, and you’ll notice that with the most subtle of looks, you can get someone to look in just about any direction you want.
I’m guessing that something similar, but on a much larger order, is going on with the mystical penis snatchers.
And if I’m wrong, and there really are penis stealing wizards in the world, I’m staying far, far away. For all the flaws that my penis has, I still like it, and would very much prefer it stay with me.
(edited by DrGail)