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Old October 17th 15, 18:41   #49
hypatia
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Re: EpDis: Believers

As for stepping on a tack, JMS said:

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The area that cannot be opened is the chest area, primarily; a nick or cut or scratch really doesn't count; it's puncturing to the body cavity wherein the soul is housed.
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That actually makes a lot of sense. It's was the area that was the problem, and its proximity to what they considered to be the seat of the soul.

And the attitude is hardly alien, we've all heard of cases even in this day and age about some place having to intervene to get medical attention to a child who is in medical crisis and whose parents insist that prayer and not medical treatment must be the only option. That was one of the least "where-did-he-dream-that-up-from" aspects in the series. Sadly, in my opinion.

Every culture draws its line somewhere.
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