I met with my case manager Thursday, February 24, 2011. She told me that perhaps I was simply "stirring the pot" with my emails and my blog posts. She cautioned me that I may be attracting unwanted law enforcement attention.
My immediate reference -- dare I call it an "idea of reference" -- was to the following famous scene from Shakespeare's Macbeth.
In the play, the Three Witches represent darkness, chaos, and conflict, while their role is as agents and witnesses. Their presence communicates treason and impending doom. During Shakespeare's day, witches were seen as worse than rebels, "the most notorious traytor and rebell that can be." They were not only political traitors, but spiritual traitors as well. Much of the confusion that springs from them comes from their ability to straddle the play's borders between reality and the supernatural. They are so deeply entrenched in both worlds that it is unclear whether they control fate, or whether they are merely its agents. They defy logic, not being subject to the rules of the real world. The witches' lines in the first act: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air" are often said to set the tone for the rest of the play by establishing a sense of confusion. Indeed, the play is filled with situations where evil is depicted as good, while good is rendered evil. The line "Double, double toil and trouble," (often sensationalized to a point that it loses meaning), communicates the witches' intent clearly: they seek only trouble for the mortals around them.
Call me paranoid, but I had the feeling from my case manager's mood on Thursday February 24, 2011 that something was up. She seemed to scrutinize my every reaction. So, of course, I didn't react -- to anything. When will people learn? I'm not as dumb as I look.