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“All they lack is experience of something other than themselves…”

Day Four of The Challenge: we get a wee bit protesty.

Secret Life

Black death creeps across the streets
Teen girls cover their mouths as the boybands sing
Eulogies to their prepackaged hells
All they lack is experience of something other than themselves

Every surface stained with perfection’s lie
Women starve themselves to fit the ever narrowing eye
And seeking to avoid their karmic pain
The insured pop pills to feel good and act all the same
(forget your prayers and rewire your brain)

Poor man’s cardboard reads: “SPARE SOME CHANGE”
Rich man’s lawn littered with politician’s names
And that eruption on Capitol Hill
Ain’t terrorism but expansion of the shareholder’s will
(All hail the Almighty Dollar Bill)

And those who’d spend their lives in protest
Often end up seeing only what the most detest
And if belief becomes a man’s definition
I’ll put my faith not in defiance, but rather invention

So hush my dear that none of this will touch you
Allow the bitter skin to open up upon the sweet fruit
And if you search beyond the evident Joys & Ills
I promise you, you will find
The secret life that fulfills.

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Magics & Technologies

Responding to an r/writing post on Technology vs. Magic in fiction:

I would parlay that technology is rooted in external phenomena, reliant on devices and treated materials (implants, things with moving or calculating parts), whereas ‘magic’ is a group of phenomena that is evoked through ‘will’, and channeled through treated materials that are not as intricately (but just as carefully) built (amulets, wands, Rings, Swords, etc.)

But at root it comes down to the terms that are used in describing the supra-normal powers and effects. The more hazy and metaphorical the language, the more it is perceived as ‘magic’, the more specific and technical the language, the more it is seen as ‘technology.’

Philosophically, technology is developed and deployed through Socratic and Aristotelian methods, whereas Magic is Sophistic. The former seeks to banish metaphor, the later seeks to master and refine it.