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Macbeard and the Unholy Grail – II

July 25, 2013

Recounting history the Macbeard-way – A series of allegories inspired allegories of yore.

[Continued from: Macbeard… now being played in a street near you]

Here I am again, with next part of the Macbeard saga where we hope to understand some of his tragic flaws which are sometimes defined as character flaws, inherent defects or shortcomings of a tragic (anti)-hero that leads to his downfall. We are all too familiar with Macbeard’s recent zeal for self-promotion and the untenable ambition that is eating him up. But what caused it? Where is the genesis of this grand ‘error of judgement’ which irresistibly eggs him on to his sad demise?

Tragic or not, popular psychology often traces a single event or a flaw during early childhood of a person that informs his/her ‘terminal’ character.  We, for example, know what had happened to Obelix when he fell into the ‘potion magique’ accidentally, changing him irreversibly for life; similarly we see a domineering Napoleon, towering over Europe trying forever and futilely to exceed his shortness in height. What cardinal inner insufficiency does Macbeard deal with and fails, which scars him for life? We can only guess.

Judging from the early records available, it would appear that he did not fall on his head the day he was born but no one could give a plausible explanation, including many spiritual scientists, as to why he had such a large tadpole like head. Many novel theories were forwarded; some thought that the evolution which every foetus undergoes in the womb got arrested at the frog level. Others, in line with the prevalent superstitions, were certain that it had something to do with seeing a large frog during a lunar eclipse when he was still in the womb. The controversy was finally put to rest by a world renowned tantric in South India who was especially called for this purpose. ‘He must be naturally very fat headed’ was the expert conclusion.

Seeing through the eyes of to his childhood ‘friends’, we see Macbeard as of a pathetic scrawny little cry baby (this tendency to cry was to remain part of his psychological makeup for the rest of his life. Even in his early adulthood, he would burst into tears every time his brittle ego ruptured; he needed constant attention and consolation which was provided mostly by his present co-conspirator Mr. J. Depthcharge) who would squirm at the very idea of sports and outdoor activities, and at the same time remarkably impervious to anything that excites the brain. He is mostly remembered by his peers for sporting a dumb blank stare and a half insufficient smile.

To be continued…


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  1. Banquo permalink

    Have you considered an Anandamide imbalance?

    • macbeth permalink

      Some of the salient point provided by Banquo:

      Physiological functions of Anandamide:
      Anandamide’s effects can be either central, in the brain, or peripheral, in other parts of the body. Anandamide has been shown to impair working memory in rats. Studies are under way to explore what role anandamide plays in human behavior, such as eating (exclusively raw food) and sleep patterns (during faked meditations), and pain relief (to those who have sit through long lectures).

      Anandamide is also important for implantation of the early stage embryo in its blastocyst form into the uterus.

      Anandamide plays a role in the regulation of feeding behavior, and the neural generation of motivation and pleasure. In addition, anandamide injected directly into the forebrain reward-related brain structure nucleus accumbens enhances the pleasurable responses of rats to a rewarding sucrose taste, and enhances food intake as well.

      A study published in 1998 shows that anandamide inhibits human breast cancer cell roliferation. Some studies have linked anandamide release as a mechanism of analgesic effects induced by exercise, particularly by running.

      In 1996, researchers discovered anandamide in chocolate. They also detected the presence of two substances that might mimic the effects of anandamide, N-Sraddhaluamine and N-Jayantamine.

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