One of the interesting things about biography is its limits. You can make educated guesses but you can never really know people’s motivations and desires. People aren’t necessarily conscious of the motives which drive them. It’s very easy to rationalise anything we want or that is in our interest, no matter how it appears to others. Hitler – one of the most incontrovertibly evil people in history – perceived himself as doing good. The same goes for most fanatics, then or now. Like most fascists, O’Duffy was egotistical, megalomaniacal, irrational and full of contradictions. But his entire career was also informed by a desire – whether consciously hypocritical or not – to make Ireland a morally and culturally pure nation.” (Fearghal McGarry)
Censorship is not limited to totalitarian States. It can be a subtle thing, when disconcerting ideas are not banned, but, through various means, marginalised. Dr. Mary Condren’s groundbreaking work The Serpent and the Goddess, a study on women, religion and power in Celtic Ireland, was never placed on an index of banned books, and yet it remained until recently a very difficult book to get your hands on. As Condren describes in the introduction to the latest edition of the book [New Island Books 2002], in 1989 when The Serpent and the Goddess was first published, despite an enthusiastic public reception and encouraging sales, getting the book into shops proved difficult.
Perhaps not surprising, given the scope of the book. While concerned with themes of a universal importance, in an Ireland to a large extent dominated by the twin ideologies of Nationalism and Catholicism, the book challenged a number of ‘sacred cows’. For example, Condren argues in the book, “surely, just as England had colonised the people of Ireland, we Irish women were, just as effectively, a people colonised by the patriarchal relations of Church and State?”[The Serpent and the Goddess - pg xviii].
The relationship with her was a fantasy, completely unrealistic. She had no relationship with him on a personal level, and if you want to have a relationship, it has to have two partners. This was a one-person-relationship where an autistic person was basically having a relationship with himself