One of the key concepts in Book One deals with positive and negative emotions. When Jeff Kinner arrives on Yendola he inadvertently introduces emotions to the Tuar Tums. Emotions are what the Prophecy refers to when it says “It will transform us for the better, consisting of an unfamiliar force.”

Tuar Tums evolved around the power of their brains, with little to no emotional traits. What Jeff didn’t understand was that Tuar Tums are symmetrical beings. Symmetry is defined as “the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis.”

When you look into a mirror we see ourselves as rotated because our right eye is on the left side of the face looking back at us. Each Tuar Tums has another being that is called their reflective, or mirror image of themselves. This means they’re the same but opposites. When Jeff introduced emotions one reflective received positive emotions and the other received negative emotions to essentially create a “whole” being. This wouldn’t have been a problem except for that emotions directly impact the performance of the brain, and this was what created the divide within the Tuar Tums. 

Negative Emotions Quotes:

  • Fear makes strangers of people who would otherwise be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine
  • “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.” – Henry Rollins    
  • “Haters don’t really hate you, they hate themselves because you’re a reflection of what they want to be.” – Unknown

Positive Emotions Quotes:

  • Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa
  • Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.” – Bryant H. McGill
  • Joy is not in things: it is in us.” – Richard Wagner
  • Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle