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    Problems of modern society.

    I have been planning to write this article for around one year now, problem always was to name the main issue correctly and to provide a suitable set of arguments supporting my thesis, now I can do both .

    Tradition
    So, where to start? We, humans, are little scared creatures, whatever makes us nervous is a reason to get rid of it and we do so for thousands of years. This way we used to get rid of demons, bad dreams, bad luck, then to get rid of witches, sorcerers, devils, then to get rid of church and finally, to get rid of all the sanity.
    Consider our perfect education system. Do we really study truth? Yes, of course, at least a certain portion of it. You might learn something about Pythagoras' triangle, but you will hardly learn about his pentagram or about his occult activities. Same applies to Archimedes, same applies to Platon... We got rid of the "supernatural" bogey-man but as the result we do not accept anything supernatural, just mentioning it on public will lower your prestige. Magick is taken as a complete opposite of science, as something completely unscientific and "childish".
    Yeah, of course, someone forgot to mention those silly horoscopes, right? Some fool just takes some symbols and puts them down on the circle and... And now we should explain something: those "funny" horoscopes don't use random silly symbols in random silly order. These symbols are symbols of zodiac, symbols of 10 star constellations of zodiac, and are placed into the circle in the exactly same order as they can be found on the sky.
    Magick, including astrology and alchemy was a foundation of modern society, foundation of modern science, alchemy with its knowledge of chemicals and herbs was foundation of chemistry, astrology gave complex set of rules and methods known collectively as Mathematics, it also gave us clear understanding of astronomy. It was an astrologist who said first that Earth isn't flat, it was an astrologist who said first that Earth isn't centre of the universe, I hope you can conclude that geometry exists thanks to astrology, as well.
    Time changed, we once again became scared of what we don't know and we found another shell where we can hide ourselves, the tradition. Scientists became traditionalists, traditionally rejecting anything "silly" and modern "magicians" became traditionalists in rejecting anything new or scientific. We made this split between science and Magick but even after this virtual split, truth is still the same, science isn't any different from Magick, science is Magick's child, identical in more things than you can actually see, unfortunately...

    Observation - divergent and convergent thinking
    Now we are getting to the sad part, why similarities between science and Magick are not seen? Education... As I said, we are not taught the complete truth in schools. We are not trained to use divergent (intuitive) thinking, we are trained to focus on convergent (logical) thinking. We are trained to reject our feelings in sake of logical thinking. Do you think that Archimedes discovered his law under conditions of controlled experiment? No, he was in the bath when he yelled "Eureka", he got the aha moment when he was bathing and AFTER that he used convergent thinking to validate the experiment.
    Don't take me wrong, logic has its place. It helps us to deduce same or similar qualities and possible usages from observation. Logic gives us structure we can use to search for new values of already learnt, it helps us to build solutions based on previous experience and also to analyse our past experiences.
    Bad thing happens when we are exposed to something outside our scope of convergent thinking, to some situation we consider "irrational", situation that shouldn't exist in our little world. That's the situation when we should switch to divergent thinking and obtain new knowledge, new understanding of the situation, but can we do that? Were we even taught there is this possibility?
    This is not a problem of science or of Magick, this is problem of tradition, problem of dogma.
    Go and study the daughter of mysticism: psychology. You will find amazing things: Exercises for relaxation and meditation, methods how to fight stress, how to fight our demons. You will also find out a lot of sad things about our society. Results of experiments that could improve our situations, but no change ever happened... Did your teachers teach you how to learn effectively? Or did your teachers act with everyone in the class as with a talented student?

    Pygmalion effect
    There is this nice think called Pygmalion effect. Experiment was done where psychologist randomly selected a group of "talented" kids and "foolish" kids and a new teacher was notified of these students as if they truly were parts of these groups. This experiment has shown a very shocking result. Students taken as talented had improved a lot from their previous state, they didn't only obtain better grades, their intelligence advanced, as well.
    Why? Observer (in this case teacher) had a certain formula in his structure and he subconsciously affected the process of observation to match this structure. As a result these students, marked as talented, were really seen as talented and acted with as with talented students, which motivated them for better performance.
    Same thing applies to "untalented" group, as well. They truly were observed as fools and many of them had to try their hardest to break this view, unfortunately many of them stopped trying and acquired worse results, their motivation was gone.

    Human development
    Human being needs a set of things for correct development. This set is well known by psychology. Things and supports or damages intelligence of children, things that should be followed or avoided during education and interaction. Psychology teaches about both convergent and divergent thinking, psychology teaches about relaxation, it teaches about importance of love, just like about influences of these things on the development. But our society still funds old and deprecated institutions, it still funds services that are proved to limit our brains, to limit our minds and our ability to discover, to invent... There was so much talent wasted in this and in previous generations. Do we really want to waste next generations, as well? Do we want to limit our children? To expose them to same issues and faults as we had experienced before them? Is that really what we want?

    What to do
    Study psychology. You will see mistakes. Mistakes that were done by your parents, mistakes that were done by your teachers, mistakes that were done by you. Psychology is not science about something, it is science about you and me, it is science about all of us and we all can learn from it. Learn what you can and spread the word. Do so through communication with your friends same as through publications, through public service or through courses. Do what you can to change this society, what what is our responsibility as Magicians, bring enlightenment to this world just like our predecessors did.
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    Re: Problems of modern society.

    Nice article.
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    Re: Problems of modern society.

    Great article, Akenu.

    And I'm enjoying your blog a great deal. I've shared it with a few like-minded friends who've commented on a few points. Perhaps I'll pass those along when time allows. More questions than anything.

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    Thanks. Comments would be great, I always like to have some feedback

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    Re: Problems of modern society.

    Ha. I put together a whole post in reply and opted to go for the simpler "Great article" statement. When time allows I'll reassemble my initial thoughts.


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    Re: Problems of modern society.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frater.Akenu View Post
    Do we really want to waste next generations, as well? Do we want to limit our children?
    Definitely not

    I recognize most of the issues you mentioned, and I agree as well, and I decided to create a subject which goes to the next stage: sharing common ideas on the practical steps to take that are natural, not "shoulds" (as they never work, as the history shows).

    The new societe thread

    But I think that the way the human mind works and learns the best is rather through direct, and indirect, inspiration, than moral teaching. Perhaps art-field, including pop-art (which most of people prefer), are the best means of conveying new ideas.

    Magic is just a part of right-brain way of thinking. It's a very, very vast area. I think what our society is lacking of is a greater vision, inspiriation, place for imaginative way of thinking, which should balance the left-brain logic-like way of thinking. Instead, people quickly start to give up their ideals and think in very mundane way, and the education system is the most responsible for this. Being out of balance, our society is basically sick, and is not even quite aware of it, seeing the current global problems just as "accidental issues", having no reflection on where they arouse from.

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    Re: Problems of modern society.

    Quote Originally Posted by Antares View Post
    But I think that the way the human mind works and learns the best is rather through direct, and indirect, inspiration, than moral teaching.
    Morality belongs with psychology, if you ask myself... not specifically spirituality/religion. How many people can hurt others and how many people can get hurt in that? Two.

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