meta: The man in the mirror: Sherlock’s other self.
John calls Mycroft for help in His Last Vow, after finding Sherlock’s been using again, sleeping rough in a drug den (possibly to avoid sex with his faux girlfriend Janine). Mycroft’s first words to Sherlock:
"The siren call of old habits. How very like Uncle Rudy – though, in many ways, cross-dressing would have been a wiser path for you."
The very particular framing of Sherlock’s reflection in the mirror, as Sherlock reacts to his brother’s seemingly venomous remark by not responding to it in any way, is telling. It is symbolic. The mirror seems to tell us there that Sherlock has another self-image, or even another self. Moments later, Sherlock is furious with Mycroft and actually assaults him for trying to warn him off the CAM case. But this snide remark about cross-dressing is met with silence.
Why, of all the things he could say on the presumably alarming - if too-familiar— occasion of finding his little brother “back on the sauce,” does Mycroft say this, exactly? Perhaps Uncle Rudy was also a cross-dresser, or another family drunk/drug abuser.
But to my mind, Mycroft is saying that if Sherlock had been true to himself (“the wiser path”), perhaps John wouldn’t have ended up with Mary, and Sherlock wouldn’t be trying to nurse his broken heart by turning back to drugs (even if John is only part of the reason Sherlock did it.)
Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.
NASA Lunar Science Institute, We Originated in the Belly of a Star (2012)
Let’s forget all the in-fighting and wank for a moment and appreciate that not all fans are creating in safe or accepting circumstances. Maybe we could try being a little more forgiving and generous towards our fellow fans, we don’t know what’s going on in their day.
Shit. Shit shit shit.
The article says at least 20 authors have already been arrested