At the end of the play the only 'good' was that a torrential rain storm had kept four people in a sheltered location long enough to talk about what had happened in a court, each telling their version. So they 'saw' the strangeness of human perception and memory. They saw a side of reality that really is real, nobody experiences an event the same way. After the rain stopped a baby's cry was heard, someone had left an infant in the rubbish near the Gate so it was rescued although its future was uncertain even then. The priest learned a lot about reality and they saved an infant that had been 'dumped'. The play is supposed to be based in ancient Japanese folk tales so the strange aspect of human perception is not new or unknown.
It's a good idea to know for your self what psychiatry is and its origins, which Theodore Reik wrote, originated in Freud's need to cure himself.
That's a different kind of 'sense' functioning and it produced in my opinion the works of Freud, Jung and other authors who write about our modern process of psycho analysis,but that's another post I'll make.
I was strangely fascinated by certain mirror image aspects of the dance that didn't make sense to me.
All aspects of our lives were woven into a fragmented story, that assembled in my mind much like a puzzle is assembled bit by bit, every one was in my private drama and that almost 'floored' me at times. The current books have in them ideas that are the same themes; in the stories of our time, read by teen agers, young adults. Some of whom read and devour Harry Potter as pure fantasy. I read them too but a lot that's not new is conveyed in them. The themes in the Transformers, the Twilight 'phenomenon', and in True Blood are making me think about the 'dark ages', about paintings that depict a war between angels and demons that I saw in the Louvre, that are 700 years old.
I've read a lot and recognized in reading philosophers from the past that it was obvious there's been an ongoing 'theme' in Time itself that 'echoes' in the popular fictions of this point in Time:
Ira Levin's book, This Perfect Day is about a world where chance has been eliminated, its a perfect society where rain falls only at night, food is 'total cakes', and the word 'hate' is the filthiest word. There's a real shock at the end of the book, I won't reveal it but I felt it in my body when I turned a page and the entire past of the character 'Chip' was suddenly changed. Read the book! That shock was used several times, retrieved, relived literally.
The ancient Liriope bore a son, Narcissus. She asked Tiresias "Will my son live to old age?" If he never knows himself." was the answer. At a certain place in his life, the beautiful Narcissus could not recognize his own reflection. (Thought is a reflection. This is important to take literally, he could not see his own reflection.) A lonely female, Echo repeated the last words she heard him say because she'd been 'cursed' herself, she could only use (re-use) words someone had said!!! These are facts told long ago about a certain relationship that many females live today. They are writing books, but males are beginning to describe themselves accurately, too!!! I listened to Dr. Phil while writing this post, 8-16-2011, (maybe its available to view on the Internet?) and heard with the new (to me its still new) sense that created a new understanding, how those 'fictions' are acted out in our 'now'.
There seems to me to be a lot of prophecy embedded in science fictions. I'm reading Arthur C. Clarke's Rama II, published in 1989 in which he and co-author Gentry Lee described prophetically much of our current situation, the collapse of banking, especially and the corruption and inaction of politicians. In 1989 they described aspects of our 'now'. But David Bowman, a fictional character in 2001 is in 2010 alive, being educated by an invisible presence, he's learning a lot but he's not in a body! He feels that presence but can't see it and he knows he is being manipulated but not why.
Discovering that invisible presence is a task that requires isolation and experiences in the real world, in my opinion. It is not depersonalizing without being ultra-personalizing at the same time.
The ancients had the same problems but one real fact has changed: now the 'slaves' can write books and publish their experiences themselves. Cameras are everywhere. Its getting hard to lie. Any one can get on the Internet and publish real events because cameras are in the hands of those (of us) who often couldn't prove anything by merely telling their version of what happened, as happened in Rashomon. A picture is worth millions of words.