Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Across the span of time

Our world has changed more radically in the past one hundred years than the rest of history combined. Brilliant observation isn't it? But it really has and in today's world we get to experience magic every day....

I hear you thinking, "Really? Magic in today's world of technology and gadgets?"
It is trure. If you don't believe me just look into the relatively recent past at what Charles Fort said, "...a performance that may some day be considered understandable, but that, in these primitive times, so transcends what is said to be the known that it is what I mean by magic."

Arthur C. Clark
Or there is the classic Three laws by Arthur C. Clark. The third law states "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." This is a man solidly grounded in science and science fiction but he also recognized that magic was real, tangible and had a logical explanation.

Today it is commonplace for us to communicate with people in other countries instantly via chat, web conference, phone and email. However, we would have been locked away for suggesting such things just a few hundred years ago. People would have put you in a room and locked you away until you died.
If by some twist of fate you were able to go back in time and effectively demonstrate the technology, you could have been burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft.
Wait.... Did I say witchcraft? Did you just accept it and nod your head? Most of you probably did.
Why does that matter?
WITCHCRAFT: The use of sorcery or magic

So many things we do today were consider magical or evil a short time ago.
Here is a short list:

  • Flying
  • Global communication
  • Space travel
  • LEDs
  • Videos
I could go on but I think you get the message.

Magic is an integral part of our world but we call it technology. I get excited to think of what developments we will see over the next century.
Maybe they will have some new magic that will keep me alive in order to experience it all!

Until next time.... READ!

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