I recently read an article (can't find it now!) where a lady stated that magic does not exist. Her basis for this judgement was that if magic does/did exist we'd all have everything we could ever want, and therefore we'd all be happy and there would be world peace.
I really wish I could smack this lady and ask her what she's smoking. What kind of naivete is this? We'd all be happy? Does this woman not realize that even with the best of intentions people can and do have diametrically opposing wants. One small example, boy wants girl, girl doesn't want boy...boy says, "I wish she'd love me" (simple version of magic, for this argument)...well boy is happy, but its not what girl wants, so is she happy? You could claim she wouldn't know better, but that's really a stretch. How about, "I wish for all the money in the world!"? Well I'm happy, but what about all you poor saps? Maybe you don't need money, since you can just wish up what you want...but what if you want some of the money? Taking it to the inevitable end is the, "I want you dead". Wether its a person, or people. Hitler, Stalin, or anyone else or any other extremist. I want that race of people dead. I want that group of people that don't like me dead. I want that group of people that don't believe in my God dead. Well again I'm happy....but what about the happiness of the people I've destroyed?
I don't remember if the lady was christian, but I'd definately say that you can't believe in prayer and not believe in magic. Is there a difference in praying for a job, or casting a spell for a job? Perhaps the way you communicate with your god is different then how I do, but the message is the same.
My wife argues with me that magic doesn't exist. I say, define magic. Arthur C. Clarke wrote: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. A polaraoid camera, cell phone, or many other things we take for granted a thousand years ago... A doctor makes some notes on a paper, gives it to another guy, who gives you a pill to take, and *POOF* you're all better. That's pretty magical. Sure you argue now days that that is science, but I believe there are scientific explanations to why a spell works. Just because we don't know them, doesn't make them any less effective. People didn't understand gravity, and yet they didn't fall off the Earth. There are still universal laws we don't know, and don't understand.
What do you think? Magic, no magic? And if you say no, do you pray, and how do you think that's different?
The moon is still full tonite, though starting to wane...don't forget to notice, and give thanks to the goddess.