Food for Thought: Magic

Imagine if everybody were a magician, although some had more magical powers than others; some had the power of invisibilty or manifesting themselves at a distance.

FTR Technology & MagicWould this be a utopia if everybody had the powers of a wizard & sorceress, or would it be dystopian?

This is, of course, what we have today, but we call it technology, which gives us the ‘magical power’ to communicate over distance, to project our image over distance, to see what is happening over a distance.

Waving our magic wand we can turn summer into winter in our sitting rooms and vice versa. Our wizards’ staffs produce instant light without flame or candle.

Yet in this world of wonders, the most powerful wizards can spy on us, know where we are and what we are doing and with whom we meet because they have invisibility cloaks and walk across our sitting room without our knowing that they sit, watch and listen to us and our children.

No, I haven’t been smoking something illegal nor have I gone over to the dark side where disciples are convinced that the world is flat, Bill Gates controls minds and Covid injections are altering our DNA.

But the thing is that technology, which we take for granted, if witnessed by somebody from the Middle Ages, would think that our mundane world is a world full of wizards and magic, hence the tone of the article.

Do you not hanker, sometimes, for the lost world in which we lived where nobody wielded such magical power? A world before Internet?

Yes, you are reading this thanks to Internet but before you would read it on a written page, either in a publication or through your letterbox in the form of a letter.

(Editorial: Food for Thought)

  6 comments for “Food for Thought: Magic

  1. Warren Green
    July 30, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Funny, when I want to go back to the good old days, I find some nettles and some dock leaves, sting meself, have a shit then kill two birds with one stone

    ps: you cant do it anymore in worsley woods

    Eat your greens


  2. Patrick Barry Storey
    July 29, 2022 at 9:59 am

    That’s a lovely story Paul. Word of mouth does die off. Killing slowly accents and languages. But writing and pictures. Live on for thousands of years. Sadly though. Like say the versions of the Bible. You cannot believe everything you read.

  3. July 29, 2022 at 6:40 am

    Patrick: you know what they say? Just because you’re not paranoid, it doesn’t mean that everybody in the world doesn’t hate you.

    Actually, everbody having magic is a bit like everybody having a gun: great that you’ve got one, but so do thousands of other people around you and you might not be on everyone’s Christmas card list.

    I guess that everybody, as they get older, hankers for the simplicity of their childhood years: I’d swap B&W TV for Internet any day ;-),

  4. July 29, 2022 at 6:31 am

    Paul: that is really interesting and a good example of the magic of technology and the technology of magic 😉

  5. Patrick Barry Storey
    July 28, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Martin. You really do need to seek help. Paranoid feelings are not good for you.
    Next thing you will be expecting a full glass of beer or a hot tapas.
    Now be a good chap and cheer on Ingerland against those storm troopers.

  6. Paul Craddock
    July 28, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Magic is the Word!

    When I used to teach young children (8 year olds) how to be Vikings and Saxons, I would ask them if they did ‘spelling’ at school. ‘oh yes’ they would groan. I then pointed out that it was basically the same word in Harry Potter (spells). They had not made the connection before. I then explained that it was no coincedance. Imagine a Saxon village 1000 years ago when no on knew how to read or write. A young boy saw a visiting monk making strange marks in a book so asked what he was doing. ‘I’ll show you. Tell me something simple about your life that I do not know.’ said the monk. The boy said that this grandfather had died last winter when he choked on a chicken bone. This was written down and then the monk called another monk over and read what had been recorded. The boy could not understand how this magic was done as the other monk could not possibly have heard the conversation. The monks explained this was the most powerful magic known as his words would no longer die on the wind and people could hear them again not just today but hundreds of years after he was dead.
    After hearing this tale I told the children that maybe they should listen to their teachers more as they were learning how to do very powerful magic.

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