alicia's three-part theory of life

it's quite simple really. 1) Because I'm here now. 2) This is the time of King Arthur, when we shall reach for the stars. 3) It would be all okay if we could all just get our hands on some tea and scones.

Doctor: I'm not sure that I don't wish…I'd never met you at all.

Charley: Oh, Doctor.

Doctor: I'm not sure. I'm sorry.

Charley: You will let me know when you make up your mind? Because I'm here now.

Doctor: Yes, you're here now.

Charley: For better or for worse.

Doctor: Till death.

Scherzo by Robert Shearman

The first part of my philosophy is that you must accept where you're at. You're here now. In difficult times, I catch myself trying to escape my life. I retreat, avoid, disappear into dreams, look for ways to get out of my head. And still, I cannot move forward until I accept where I'm at.

King Arthur: Proposition: If I could choose from every woman who breathes on this Earth—the face I would most love, the smile, the touch, the heart, the voice, the laugh, the very soul itself, every detail and feature to the last strand of the hair—it would all be Jenny's.

Proposition: If I could choose from every man who breathes on this Earth—a man for my brother, a man for my son, and a man for my friend—it would all be Lance.

I love them. I love them and they answer me with pain. And torment. Be it sin, or not sin, they have betrayed me in their hearts, and that's far sin enough! I can see it in their eyes. I can feel it when they speak. And they must pay for it and be punished. I shall not be wounded and not return it in kind. I demand a man's vengeance! (raises his sword, Excalibur, in a battle-ready stance…then reconsiders.)

Proposition: I am a king, not a man. And a very civilized king. Could it possibly be civilized to destroy the thing I love? Could it possibly be civilized to love myself above all? What about their pain? And their torment? Did they ask for this calamity? Can passion be selected? Is there any doubt of their devotion to me, and to our Table?

By God—I shall be a king. This is the time of King Arthur, when we shall reach for the stars! This is the time of King Arthur, when violence is not strength, and compassion is not weakness. We are civilized. Resolved! (to his sword) We shall live through this together, Excalibur. They, you, and I. And may God have mercy on us all.

Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner

To merely accept where you're at is not sufficient. Sometimes we are in darkness, and we need a light to turn to. To me, "civilized" here stands in for all Arthur's ideals of a more just, more compassionate world. Arthur has accepted his current situation: his wife and best friend are in love, which he feels deeply as a betrayal...but then recognizes that they also love him, and did not choose this, and they will all just have to get through this together. And so he turns his attention back to the Round Table and its mission: not "might is right" but "might for right."

This second part of my philosophy could also be illustrated by that famous exchange between Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, when Frodo asks, "What are we holding on to, Sam?" and Sam says, "That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for."

Doctor: This creature thrives on human despair. What’s the opposite of despair? What can we do to defeat it?

Bernice: We can have hope, and we can trust our friends, and we can ask for our trespasses to be forgiven.

Doctor: What makes you think of good things like those?

Bernice: A big party where everybody’s happy. Being in bed with someone you love. A house full of sleeping guests. When the whole day goes by just talking and dozing.

Doctor: And do you think your actions are meaningless? Do you think there’s no point to life unless you’re building things, or writing things, or having children? Do you think it’s all over when you’ve done that?

Bernice: I think happiness with those we love means everything. I think these creatures are preying on the flaw that is humans being stupid and not trusting to their own strength and not being able to say they need help. And it would be all okay if we could all just get our hands on some tea and scones because those things are great.

Doctor: Yes! They are! The little things in life, that’s what we can use against them.

The Shadow of the Scourge by Paul Cornell

All witches are selfish, the Queen had said. But Tiffany’s Third Thoughts said: Then turn selfishness into a weapon! Make all things yours! Make other lives and dreams and hopes yours! Protect them! Save them! Bring them into the sheepfold! Walk the gale for them! Keep away the wolf! My dreams! My brother! My family! My land! My world! How dare you try to take these things, because they are mine! I have a duty!

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett