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Sunday, 1 February 2009

A Matter to Ponder

When did magicians become such cynics?

6 comments:

Monsignor Scott Rassbach said...

Not me. I'm still amazed by the wonder of it all.

jase said...

Who is cynical about what?

I'm cynical about this post. :)

Just kidding. But I am curious what prompted this post.

Dean Wilson said...

That is great to see, Scott :D

Jase, the initial instigator of this was the following thread:

http://www.evocationmagic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=735

However, it's a trend I've noted over many years, on various subjects, both online and in real life.

Cynicism is a noose to creativity and progress.

LVX,
Dean.

Morgan Drake Eckstein said...

Magic is not what made me a cynic; becoming a manager of a business did.

jase said...

Thanks for the link, I haven't visited there in a while.

Rather than cynical, the word that comes to my mind is "silly."

Magic rigged the election? One person/group could override an entire country's collective hopes, dreams and fears? ... Isn't that akin to putting a few drops of food coloring into the sea, and hoping the whole body of water changes color?

As I think about the posts, I see where there is cynicism involve. However, this just seemed like another place for people who are dissatisfied/disillusioned with the status quo to vent.

I think they'd be cynical whether or not they practiced magic.

If there is a negative trend, I'd go more towards apathy than cynicism. Or maybe both; it depends on the issue.

But it's true that a lot of society thrives on negativity. For example, the media overexposure to the foibles of popular celebrities; and the trashier the celb, or the worse their situation, the more we see about it.

Great, Dean. Now I feel cynical! :)

suecae_disco said...

I can be a cynic. But as a personal stance on how I actually want to view the world I try to "train myself" not to be. There is wonders amongst the misery. And I think that we, just being human beings, have the potential to act as a positive current in our societies.