For those discussing religion ….
…the dichotomy between “science” and “magic”; besides the obvious observation that both require strict adherence to ritual, both were born out of a desire to understand and manipulate the world….))
I disagree…both were not born out of a desire to manipulate the world. Such notions arose as result of those blind shallow minds; epitomised in those puffers, chasing after gold.
Witness Scientism’s violent aftermath in its discovery of the atom; via brute force, Science seeks to dislodge the secrets of Mother Nature, which are then converted into tools for subjugation; whereas Magik observes those forces; seeking alignment of self – a product of natures force – with same; at the same time strives to maintain a balance within the central pillar; found resting precariously between the two opposing pillars.
Ritual is required only to still and silence the ego; anchor and throne to the senses, without this, it is too noisy to hear or see – hence the cliché: Learn to be still.
One cannot walk through these doors with ulterior motives; the self-aggrandizement of a tainted heart, can expect nothing less than having the psyche self destruct; the bloody pages of history are littered with numerous examples of what has remained in the wake of such tortured souls.
Yes, Material Scientism has become just as dogmatic a religion as any other; all anomalies that threaten, or challenge its throne, is quickly swept under the rug by the dogma police. Obfuscation and secrecy are a necessity for extending longevity to the illusion; maya.
The forces in the Universe are neither good nor evil, but misappropriated into the hands of those who perceive those forces as weapons of power, then do they manifest as evil.
Not unlike the raging wind or a gentle breeze; as chasms or furrows in the sand, we too leave good or bad impressions; once we sleep with the worms; are released from the abyss, like the rain, rising from the sea.