chapter  17
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Master and Mediator of the Natural World

Whether prophet of a god or leader of peoples, a hero is really no more than an image representing the immense potential of the human being, which, because it uses only a part of its brain and a tiny portion of its knowledge, forgets that it can be the master of the worlds touched by its existence. The Sage therefore has the task of enlightening humans concerning their destiny. Merlin, as he appears in fiction, in diverse forms is just such a hero who, in the words of an old Irish poet, “sets one’s head on fire.”