In 1925, T.S. Elliot wrote a poem that is considered a classic, The Hollow Men. It’s last two lines are the most quoted:

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

You may not have noticed it, but one of the greatest attempts to terrorize you has officially ended. On August 10, 2010, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, said that the world pandemic of Swine Flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, “has largely run its course… [and we] are now moving into the post-pandemic period.”

Many people thought this illness was going to decimate the world. But it has left with barely a whimper. The story above didn’t even make the front page.

Do you remember how just over a year ago the media was spreading terror about the many tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of deaths that were going to be occurring? I do. On July 24, 2009, I wrote about it in this very blog. In that blog I wrote, “As of July 6, 2009, the total number of deaths worldwide from the dreaded and fearsome Swine Flu you’ve been hearing about is…429.”

In another blog post on January 25, 2010, I wrote: “According to, as of January 23, 2010, there have been 10,837 deaths in the U.S. and 24,068 deaths worldwide….

“But the H1N1 swine flu that is still being touted as a ‘pandemic,’ isn’t.

“According to the Wall Street Journal, the numbers everyone was expecting ‘failed to materialize’ (although they say this may be due to incomplete records). The H1N1 Swine Flu Hotline for the state of Kentucky was deactivated ‘due to a large decrease in calls. Apparently, the H1N1 virus is becoming less of an issue both on the medical front as well as with the concerns of the average individual.’ According to the Irish Times, the World Health Organization is going to examine ‘its handling of the swine flu pandemic after accusations that it exaggerated the dangers of the virus under pressure from drug companies.’

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, “Worldwide, 18,449 people have died [as of August 10, 2010] from laboratory-confirmed pandemic H1N1 infections, according to the WHO, but the true toll is thought to be much higher because most victims aren’t tested.”

That is a horrible loss. However, I would point out that even if those totals were ten times greater than these numbers, it would still be far less than the Centers for Disease Control worldwide annual estimates of 250,000 to a half-million deaths per year attributable to the flu; the plain ol’ flu.

I predicted that this was not going to be a horrible disaster.
I predicted it would be no worse than the normal flu.
I was right.
The so-called experts were wrong—horribly wrong.

When the attempt to terrorize you was at it’s height in the media a year and more ago, what did you do? Did you avoid people? Did you avoid public places? Did you wear a mask? Did you frequently use hand sterilizers? Many people did these things…for a time. Were you terrified that if someone breathed on you the result might be your death? Many people were terrified…for awhile.

The Secret of Magick

When many people start out in magick, their aim is to obtain power over others. Most of the people who keep that as their goal eventually leave a magickal path. The truth—the true secret of real magick—is that it’s about power over yourself. The funny thing is, as you become more empowered, people will freely allow you to have power over them. You probably won’t want it because self-empowerment is better than power over others can ever be. Why? Because when you seek power over others you’re dependent on them. As long as you’re dependent upon others you cannot be truly self-empowered. The magickal path is one of self-empowerment.

As I wrote over a year ago:

“The media, politicians, and leaders of various groups like to spread fear and terror so you’ll keep listening to them, reading their writings, giving them power over you, and sending them money.

“The flu shouldn’t be ignored. It takes a terrible toll on the world every year, especially among the very young, the very old, the ill and the weak. But from a magickal point of view, it shouldn’t be feared. Rather, it should be understood and dealt with.

“Before doing a ritual you have to determine your purpose, plan out what you will do, and then perform the rite. In my opinion magicians should do the same thing when it comes to the flu. Your purpose should be to avoid or minimize the effects of the flu. Your plans should include getting as healthy as possible, including drinking fluids, getting exercise and rest, dealing with stress, eating healthful foods, etc. If you are not sure what you need to achieve optimum help, consult a professional. Then do the ‘ritual,’ which in this case would be getting exercise, eating proper foods, etc. If you do come down with the flu, see a doctor immediately.

“With this approach—the magickal approach—the media, politicians, leaders of various groups can’t make you fear. Without fear to motivate you they can’t get your money, they can’t get your power, and they can’t obtain control over you. That’s why they traditionally fear magickal people. It’s not because magick is ‘evil,’ but because it gives you personal responsibility and takes away the power they so desperately want.”

I stand by what I wrote. I stand by personal freedom, self-actualization, personal responsibility, and power over oneself. I stand with the magickal path.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Why?

Written by Donald Michael Kraig
Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He has also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ten years of teaching courses in the Southern California area on such ...