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Monday, 31 October 2016

The Therapy Zone

    ‘The Prisoner’ is like a maze, and at the centre of that maze is Number 6, or the man behind the big door, it doesn’t matter which because they are 1! Like any maze, you can go this way or that, turn right or left, go back the other way. You can find yourself being led down blind alleys so that you have to turn back on yourself. You can go round and round and end up back where you started, so that you have to begin all over again, and with every step you take, takes you further and further away from the centre. The usual kind of maze has a key to help you solve it, so that you can find your way to the centre if you find it too difficult. Unfortunately ‘the Prisoner’ comes with no key to indicate the right way. Because there is no right way to find the truth, and whatever truth that might be we are left to find that by ourselves. We can imagine, or interpret situations, or scenes. We can even guess what it’s all about. And we would be right, no matter at what conclusion we personally arrive. We eventually arrive at the centre of the maze because Patrick McGoohan takes us there, and then we realize that Number 6 and Number 1 are one and the same person, they are Patrick McGoohan. He remained a prisoner of ‘the Prisoner’ for the rest of his life until his final escape. But where does that leave you, me, and many, many more like us? To our own deliberations, interpretations, and theorisations, where we have always been!

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