As a continuation of my first blog post, most of you may have not understood the meaning behind the Ralph Waldo Picklechips quote. To view my first blog post please visit this site:
For you to understand who Ralph Waldo Picklechips is, please watch these two episodes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc8e0ASIZyQ – Catbug episode Ralph Waldo Picklechips is at the end
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8mRiDdOW5c – in depth understanding if Ralph Waldo Picklechips
Ralph Waldo Picklechips in the bravest warrior’s series is Beth’s father. For the past two years he has been trapped in the see through zone. Ralph Waldo Picklechips in our world would go by the name of Ralph Waldo Emerson who was a philosopher and essayist who met John Muir in 1871. In the series, Beth owns a horse known as Paralyzed Horse who resembles much of John Muir.
In one of the episodes, Paralyzed horse says, “Swifter than the leopards, more fierce than the evening wolves. Fear me, for when armored by her love, I possess the strength to fight a god! I fight, so that she may go on. For I am just a horse.” This captures the true essence of what John Muir did while he was alive. In this quote, “she” represents Yosemite National Park. Because John Muir was a naturalist, he devoted his entire life learning about and protection Yosemite National Park. John Muir has for a long time been an idol to the rangers of Yosemite for he has done great things such as fighting with the Sierra Club to prevent the construction of the O’Shaughnessy Dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley. This epic battle resembled Paralyzed Horse’s fight with the Aeon Worm where in the end, they perished. In the series, Paralyzed Horse became paralyzed shortly after understanding the meaning of the universe and forever. This is similar to what John Muir experienced after learning about Yosemite. In some ways, you could say that John Muir was paralyzed after learning about the true beauty and vastness of what is now a cultural landscape.
John Muir was actually inspired my Ralph Waldo Emerson. After their meeting, John Muir said, “Emerson was the most serene, majestic, sequoia-like soul I ever met. His smile was as sweet and calm as morning light on mountains. There was a wonderful charm in his presence; his smile, serene eye, his voice, his manner, were all sensed at once by everybody. I felt here was a man I had been seeking. The Sierra, I was sure, wanted to see him, and he must not go before gathering them an interview! A tremendous sincerity was his. He was as sincere as the trees, his eye sincere as the sun.” Which is related to how the Paralyzed Horse was almost beckoned to enter the see-though zone as he was able to eventually move freely in the see-through zone just like John Muir was able to live freely while he lived in Yosemite.
When John Muir and Ralph Waldo Emerson first met, Emerson wanted to go hiking with John Muir in Yosemite where Emerson’s colleagues said no because of his old age. In the series, Ralph Waldo Picklechips wanted to stay living inside the Aeon Worm, because the world provided Picklechips with guidance, but he needed to sacrifice a virgin and a horse. Which was similar to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s job a s a psychologist who lead the movement for transcendentalist movement in the mid 19th century.
All in all, the Bravest Warrior’s series has many subtle references to our heritage. At a glance, many people would not understand the relationship between Ralph Waldo Picklechips and Yosemite National Park, but now; you know that “Ralph Waldo Picklechips is the key.”