I could have been... Safe from the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune'

'Once upon a time, there was a well-loved toy that held all the boy's hope, excitement and dreams secure in a pressurised suit, airtight and safe from the outside world, safe from the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune'.

Years went by...

Now the spaceman stands in front of the disrupted past, which cannot be reconciled and where the integration of two primary drives - love and hate - have failed to merge.'



Splitting refers to the separation of the things the child loves (good, gratifying objects) and the things the child hates (bad, frustrating objects). Klein refers to these things as the good breast and the bad breast. The child sees the breasts as not just distinct and separate, but opposite, although they actually are united, since they both belong to one mother. When the child learns that people and objects can be good and bad at the same time, he or she progresses to the next phase

We see a story of the future from the viewpoint of a child, a well loved toy that held all his years of hope and excitement in a pressurised suit, airtight and safe from the outside world Safe from the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune'

Vulnerable though he was, what happened? Did the past not come together to create that utopia?

We look back at our own childhood and are made aware of the limits of our abilities and lifespan.

The spaceman stands in front of the disrupted past. This cannot be reconciled, the integration of two primary drives, love and hate, fail to merge. Are we witnessing that struggle or perhaps we see what lies ahead, this is the new future being played out on the broader canvas of adulthood.

Safe from the 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune'