My musings lead me to wonder what Ariel’s life was like after he was released by Prospero. One of my many story ideas is about what happens when a magicians apprentice is loosed on the world after his master died. Because the Green Angel Tower series pissed me off that much. But I can’t say that Tad Williams didn’t warn me.
But it may be why so many young people seem terrified of freedom. If you are coddled and protected all your life, and have no freedom at all– it eventually becomes threatening. It evolves into a spectral variation on Fear of the Unknown.
It doesn’t help that they are trained from birth to know that power over others is more valuable than personal freedom– while being taught they believe otherwise.
But do you trust freedom that was designed by people you don’t even understand? But if you don’t know the unintended consequences (and these poor children don’t even know they exist, apparently), how can you know that what you design yourself through will gives you what you really want?