…for a new New Age. That’s how I’m thinking of this. I’ve had a number of blogs in my time, most being basically online journals where I shared my thoughts with my favorite audience, and the only person I thought might actually understand them – myself. But lately I have been itching to write the book that has fomenting in my head for the last 30 years or so. And since I have to work a 9-to-5 to pay the bills and don’t see myself having the time to necessarily sit down and write the whole thing at this moment, my wife made the brilliant suggestion that I start blogging to get the thoughts I would like to share out there. And so, partly because she is a genius and rarely wrong, and partly because I don’t have any better ideas, I am doing what she suggested lol.
“So why blog anyway, why share your thoughts with the world?” you might be asking yourself. I know I’m asking myself that at this very moment. I guess the answer is because I think – I know – there are a lot of things going on in the world right now that have the capacity to completely change life as we know it, and most people are either completely unaware, uninterested, or misinformed about them. Developments are occurring in quantum physics, artificial intelligence (AI, which I actually prefer to call “Non-biological Intelligence”), neuroscience, gene editing (think CRISPR), quantum computing, etc that are creating new paradigms and definitions of what it means to be human. I’m not some kind of doomsayer who is going to cry about the robots coming to take our jobs – even though many economists are saying that is going to start happening, but I said no doom – or some Terminator-style apocalypse. But for sure there are things that are fast-approaching, much more quickly than most realize, that are going to force us, especially those in power, to make some big decisions. And I think people need to be aware of that.
Mixed in with all that is my personal take on everything, which is, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, coming from a spiritual or metaphysical point of view. While many hardcore materialists seem to despise people like me (a LOT more on that later), I believe it is entirely possible, even necessary, for science and spirituality to coexist in equal measure in the mind of a person. Einstein famously said “Religion without science is blind, and science without religion is lame.” Of course almost all scientists nowadays seem to hate that quote, or will argue that’s not what he meant, but that IS what he said. And while I am not big on religion, the spirit of the quote is understood: blindly pursuing science without thought of the ultimate purpose of it, or the true “why?” particularly as it relates to how it will impact us, other living things and society as a whole is misguided at best, and destructive at worst.
You might be wondering about the title of the site, and the other pages. The title has, as many things I like and many deep truths seem to have, layers of meaning and purpose. I wanted something that would capture the spirit of my philosophy on life (magick) while at the same time providing a term that would grab people’s attention – especially young folks – and perhaps direct them here even if accidentally, hence, the word “meme.” Interestingly, perhaps even coincidentally (I LOVE coincidences by the way!) I found when looking at the actual definitions of both words that they actually capture my intentions quite nicely:
Magick: the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will
Meme: an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
A meme is said to act “as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. ” (Wikipedia).
Blogging with a conscious intent to bring about a change in people’s thinking and behavior – that’s Magickmeme.