Originally posted by Alora
So Vanitas, what was your answer to the riddle?
Before, when I first read about it in a book about alchemy, I could not for the life of me figure what it was. Was it physical at all? Everything
(I should add that in that version there was another line that added to the puzzle: "maids throw it out onto the streets". Frankly, that made me
think of excrements.
After all, children do play with poop... just ask Freud :-))
But that was part of the fun, after all.
(I was very much into alchemy some 8 - 10 years ago.)
This quiz, however, states the nature of the options quite clearly: it is NOT (merely) physical. I am not sure whether they do have it right -
although the items listed are essential to alchemy and any other "subtle" work, of course.
But from among the things on the list I hesitated between light, love, and energy.
Finally, I chose love, supposing that they meant it in the sense of "eros", the creative and cohesive force of the Universe.
Otherwise, y preferred choices would have been light or, secondarily, energy - but that didn't make sense in the light of some of the "clues".
Then again, neither does "love" fit all the clues...
I guess all of them are essential - and "hate" is essential as the one thing that should be avoided at all cost, because it destroys everything.