I like the works of Charles Dickens. His A Tale of Two Cities is breathtaking in its scope and plotting. But even more fascinating are his insights into the psychology and motivations of the characters. Published just three years after the birth of Sigmund Freud and decades before our modern understandings of the mind, he accurately described, without naming, psychosis, repressed memory, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. He also shows how individuals can surpass what is expected of them and even of what they expect of themselves to do "a far, far better thing…"
At this time of year, TV trots out every version of his A Christmas Carol that they can find. There have been over twenty
Ever since I was young I've had a "thing" about religion and spirituality. Although I often found myself disagreeing with various religious beliefs, or with ideas being presented as supposedly representative of various religions, I still had respect for the underlying concepts. Sometimes, I found that people would create religions not to help others, but to help themselves—generally to power, money, and/or sex. I didn't like what they were doing. I felt they were harming others by mocking religions or spiritual paths.
I still feel this way.
And that brings me to Xmas.
When I was old enough to understand that Xmas was an abbreviation for Christmas, I felt there was something wrong
There are magicians and there are those who play at magick…
I was once participating on an internet forum discussing chaos magick. One person posted that the great thing about magick [meaning chaos magick] is that you didn't have to accomplish anything, you could just do it. I asked why go to all the bother of doing magick if you didn't accomplish anything? I also pointed out that one of the earliest names of what is now called chaos magick was "results magick," indicating that obtaining results through magick was the purpose of doing the magick.
He didn't respond for a few days. I imagine several of his friends PMed him about this. Eventually, he posted that I "just didn't get it"
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A few years ago I saw an article on the internet that discussed "the best colleges." From that time on it has seemed like every few months I've seen articles on the same subject.
Most colleges require some effort by prospective students to get accepted for enrollment. It makes sense to me that articles such as these should appear many months before the new college year begins. However, almost inevitably, there is a crush of articles like this just as colleges open for classes and the new freshman enter a world of new friends, new self-understanding, new responsibilities, dorm life, living away from home, and of course, psych 101 and "dumbbell" English.