>I will admit I am only vaugly famliar with "Oh, My Goddess".
>And I can see how one can lie to themselves about the gravity of
>something like The Apocalypse.
>But THIS Belldandy is just grinning like an idiot. Knitting a swaeter
>pretending that things will be just fine. What the f*ck is she
It's a type of temporary psychosis called a fugue state. It happens to people, sometimes, who are in the grip of extreme stress. In Bell's case, it manifested itself as an extreme form of her predisposition to regard the present as more important than the past or future (she's the Norn of Today, after all). Normally, she can put that aside and remind herself that yesterday and tomorrow are also important; but suddenly, it looks like yesterday was a big waste and there IS no tomorrow, so she's locked into the fallacious notion that, since everything is fine right now, it always will be.
(Took me a second to figure out what the hell you were talking about, since Bell was in the last story I released, and as such that was the first capacity I thought of her in... )
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