It was only a couple stops
in on his renewed tour that Steve (with Pepper’s know-how) switched tactics (a
little) and shifted to promote wellness activities for the elderly instead of
just ways to help them vote and access local civic services.
The man he’d met (Arthur,
he’d learned) that was in the very first photo that went viral had said
something that had stuck with Steve – the seniors had to find a way to get to
the services they needed, rather than the other way around, or even meeting halfway.
He’d been doing some
research between tour locations and a number of places around the world had
started to combine senior housing with student housing or senior centers with
preschools. Steve loved the idea and was
determined to raise enough funding and public interest to get several similarly
structured locations off the ground in New York.
With every then-and-now
photo that was published and every visit he made covered by some sort of media,
he inched closer to his goal and in his spare time he arranged calls or (when
possible) meetings with city planners and developers and educational
administrators and care providers.
It was little more than a year
later when a preschool-senior center opened up in Queens. Steve was there for the grand opening, and to
watch Arthur and a little girl with pigtails do a puzzle together.
This occurred to me and I feel it’s worth posting since I’ve never seen any talk on this?
The One Ring doesn’t make you invisible.
Why would it? Seriously, what purpose on Eru’s green earth does that serve? Sauron forging his ring of power in the heart of a volcano, thinking to himself, ah yes, invisibility would be a good trick to build into this thing! No. Cause you know what? Sauron’s ring does not make him invisible. And he certainly did not intend for anyone else to ever have it. So what’s it really doing?
Two words: Dimensional shift.
I believe that when mortals put on the ring, they experience a dimensional shift in which they are pulled (stretched, transported) into a higher dimension, the plane on which the true spirit forms of the Ainur (and wraiths) exist. This would effectively render them invisible to those on lower dimensions, but the wearer would be able to view them with altered enhanced perception. Such as the effects we witness as described by those who have worn the ring. Especially well portrayed in the films is the ability to see the souls of others, particularly the ringwraiths (the battle on Weathertop is a good example, as well as even in Battle of the Five Armies when Bilbo is in Dale), black and white shadowy souls clear as day but invisible to the naked eye, as they exist on a different dimensional plane. It’s quite possible to me that the
ëalar of the Ainur are in a higher dimension than that of mortal
fëar, but that’s beside the point. They’re at least a couple dimensions removed from our reality, and thus invisible until one puts on the ring.
Now, why would the ring have this power? I think, if I recall correctly, that Tolkien at one point did state that it was not intentional, that it was a byproduct of its making. Again, it does not turn Sauron invisible - it wouldn’t, he already exists on that plane. Mortals are bound to their bodies and so would not be able to perceive that higher dimension, but Ainur are not. I think most plausibly, this effect exists because Sauron infused a piece of his own soul into the one ring. The consequences of this are not well understood (it’s not like it’s a common practice) and we know in other ways, it is so strong in its desire to hearken back to its master, it can even influence the wills - a product of the souls - of those around it. I would not be surprised in the slightest if having a piece of Ainur
in an all-powerful object would result in the ability to bend reality to attempt to match the wearer to the properties of the owner. It would bring the wearer closer to Sauron, and allow him to perceive them, thus furthering its purpose to return to the whole from which it is a part.
Just a theory, obviously, but I find it odd that I’ve never seen anyone question the rather absurd notion of ‘magic evil ring makes you invisible!’ Tolkien set up so many intriguing questions, concepts, and possibilities with underlying scientific principles - or at least, consistent rules - that I am sure this fits into his framework.