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Science and Magic –> Twin Brothers

The real magical struggle and the real scientific struggle are twin brothers: one was sick and perished, the other was healthy and prospered. But, they were twin brothers. They were born of the same impulse […]

There is something that joins Magic with Science, and seperates both from ancient “Wisdom”. For the ancient thinkers, the main problem was how to adapt the human soul to reality, and their solution was knowledge, self-discipline and virtue. For magic and science, the main problem is how to adapt reality to the wishes of men, and the solution is a determined technique.

—– C. S Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Science: turning dreams into reality. And the reality into dreams.

The world changes, but as a people remain the same.

Technology evolves fast, but we still have 10 fingers.

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They should have known better…

Instinct, Adrenaline, Boxing. In order of appearance these all befell upon him… befell upon him as he found himself facing a group of 8 goons…. eight goons who messed with the wrong ¨he¨

If the red layer isn´t there, you ain´t a real man I swear

How did he get in this situation? That´s interesting… well for one it all started around 10:30 pm, when a group of buddies convinced him to go out partying.

While hesitant at first, after drinking one beer he cheered up and decided to make the most out of the night. They went disco. He drank a couple beers. He was having a good time talking to two women at the bar. He starts dancing. Until suddenly there came a Little man.  A Little man with a tiny hand. The Little man decided to walk while sticking an elbow to HIS throat. HE didn´t think that was right so he smacked a punch into the Little Man´s face… naaa, he didn´t smack the Little Man… well not till later.

Back with him. He decides that elbow in throat is not cool, that stuff won´t fly… So he turns around and tells the Little Man to lower his shoulder. The Little man gets upset and decides to make a ¨show¨ of it. From now on, the Small fellow wouldn´t speak a word to him. Even then, he decides to try to settle a deal. All he wants to do is party, he ain’t looking for a bad time. But the Little man doesn´t listen. After thirty seconds of talking, the Little Man gets backed up by Tall guy, guy #3, and guy #4 . He looks around an can at least count 8 goons surrounding him… Then out of nowhere Tall guy slaps he in the face pretty strong. He is taking bullshit no more.

Instinct kicks in. His mental state lowers itself to almost primitive levels: he have just been physically aggressed. He does not believe in violence, but there are certain boundaries and this Tall guy had just crossed the top one.

Turn. His right punch is already ripping through the air… its desired destination coming dead on close. The Tall guy hasn´t stopped smiling by the time the knuckles make contact with the nose. Tall guy recoils backwards in pain. He then turns and jabs the Little Man in the face, and follows up with a straight punch at guy #3´s chin.

The adreline spikes up. He steps back and is punched in the elbow and the cheek by guy #4. He doesn´t feel any… any pain that is. The fourth guy then slumbers forward and tries to wrestle with him. But he is already twisting his torso. That twist allows him to break away quickly and punch the fourth guy straight in the brow. The adrenaline rush still active, he looks around to see there are still four more college kids around him…

Then finally there comes the boxing, he zig zags his way across the dance floor and then manages to land a punch in guy # 5 face. He then pivots to quickly power punch guy # 6 in the nose. All of this is just a dance, a reaction, a trained instinct. For by the time guy # 7 has stepped in front of him, a left fist is already striking cheekbone. He has no time to lose. By the time he gets down from the scaffolding, he has already smacked seven different faces while only taking two hits in return. He makes his way to the bouncers as seven humiliated faces give chase, two of them recently iniated members of the Black-eyed Peas.

Who is he?

¨He¨ could be you, he could be me, he could be a friend, he could be anybody….
Only one thing is for certain: he wasn´t a coward. He knew his own limits, how far he was willing to allow other people to disrespect him. Words are just words…. and physical aggression, physical aggression. The second he felt the palm make contact with his ear and forehead, he stung back.

You see, he does not believe in violence. he is civilized man, but he also knows that deep down we are all still in touch with our instinct. And when our instinct cries with outrage due to injustice: he doesn´t think too much, he reacts. He reacts to protect his honor, he reacts to protect his family name, but more importantly he reacts because he is ¨right¨.

I guess the moral of the story is that one should avoid fighting as much as possible, but when fighting comes banging at your doorstep: don´t be afraid to knock back. Cause if you don´t, prepare to have your doorstep trashed everyday for the rest of your life.

Shakespeare: Brave men only die once…
Cowards die many times before their death…

By the way… what ever happened to guy #8? Guess he will never know.

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Inceptions in your town?

Inceptions, my friends, are ocurring everywhere!! They are happening in your house, in your local department store, in your car, and most frequently in your local theaters. Thats right, whenever someone watches a movie they enter a passive state which allows the ideas and arguments of that particular movie to enter ones mind.

True, the profoundness of these inceptions vary from person to person, but these inceptions can be powerful enough to persuade 11- year old kid to jump off a rooftop in Barcelona thinking he’s superman, to create movements such as the Star Trek culture and can inspire people to do acts of kindness or profound evil. So every time you watch a movie you are also, unconsciously, undergoing an inception.

Then again, inceptions aren’t something new in the history of mankind. Before there were movies, well-written books had similar effects on the mind of people. Famous men across all history have drawn inspiration from the seeds and ideas plowed by those who came before them. The main difference between the inceptions made by books and movies is this: books tend to have a more profound effect on us. This is due to the fact that films require only passive participation from their audience, which contrast with the active participation (the act of reading) books require.

And finally there’s that feeling. That feeling we get when we finish watching a good, profound movie. That feeling of light-headness, slight desorientation, and thoughtfulness we experience on our way to the nearest theater exit. That feeling is our brain’s bio-chemical reaction to an inception.

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