The word “Magic” tends to scare scientists and left hemisphere humans. It is a word loaded with prejudice and assumptions. However, if you neutrally observe it, it is nothing but a word. We have millions of similar words in our languages, all attempting to help us understand the world around us, and give us the ability to communicate with each other, and such understand each others intentions. In order to understand this particular word though, a little bit of context is required. So let us look at the word “wizard” first.
A “wizard” is historically thought of as a person whom is able to “cast spells”, that creates “change” to his surroundings. To understand “magic”, we must first understand what a “wizard” is. And to understand what a “wizard” is, we must understand what it implies to “cast a spell”. Don’t worry though, it’ll get clear as we proceed, and as we understand what it implies to “cast a spell”, all other parts of our equation will naturally fall in place.
The spell caster
To cast a spell, is actually easily understood, even to a 5 year old child, at least from its conceptual point of view. However, it has been consciously turned into an occult, vicious and dangerous thing, by history, due to the power it yields to those able to successfully perform this art.
In order to understand what spell casting implies, I have a confession to come with. You see, I am casting a spell at this very moment. I am spelling words and sentences, and I am casting them out into the world, for others to read. That is literally what the word “spell casting” implies. Of course, 500 years ago, and some would argue still today, simply being literate was dangerous to the existing power structures, whom wanted to have a monopoly on “spell casting” – Which is why we still refer to the Bible as “the word” today, and all other sources of words are still today in some circles considered “dangerous knowledge”. The power structures 500 years ago, such as the Vatican and our Kings, wanted to keep a monopoly on “spell casting”, because by allowing everyone to cast spells, their existing powers would vanish, due to people being able to freely share ideas, and such free themselves from vicious powers, seeking to subdue them and enslave them. Hence the Bible teaches us the following …
In the beginning there was the word, the word was with God, the word was God
And history teaches us that the only holy source of words, can be found in the Bible. This is of course by design, to scare the masses away from people with ideas, making sure enlightened human beings are able to enlighten as few other humans as possible.
Old powers simply wanted to enslave “God”, subdue God (the “word”), and prevent everybody else from taking part in creation, through sharing new ideas, such as democracy, etc, which obviously was a source of fear for Kings, Priests, and other men with power. The literate was dangerous, unless he was thoroughly in alignment with the existing powers of course. Which is why literacy was a task solely given to monks and our priesthood. In fact, it took enormous strength to shed the most horrific parts of these constructs, and put these ideas on the scrapyard of history. However, as we finally managed to put this behind us, we saw beautiful positive consequences, such as the Enlightenment, medicine, science, etc. So in the end, we all benefited, even the Kings, Emperors and priesthood arguably too.
So a “wizard” is basically nothing but a person who chooses his words carefully, throws his words into the world, in order to apply change to other people’s perception, to achieve some sort of greater goal. The words of a wizard becomes his “proxy” or “Djinn” if you like. There are good wizards, and there are bad wizards. An example of the former would be William Shakespeare. An example of the latter would be Joseph Goebbels. They were both “wizards”, carefully choosing their words, in order to change the hearts and minds of those willing to listen.
With the above definition of “wizardry” and “spell casting”, we now have the foundation required to understand “magic”. If spell casting is the ability to change the world, using the word, and never applying the change directly yourself – Then Magic is the ability to change the world, using some other type of “proxy”. In fact, “magic” is the “base class” or “generalised principle” for “spell casting”, if you wish to speak about it scientifically. It’s basically the same thing, except “spell casting” is a specialisation of “magic”. Spell casting changes our physical world, using “the word” as a proxy. Magic also changes our physical world, still without directly interfering with it, but rather by using another type of “proxy”. Magic hence, is the ability to create a “proxy” that acts on your behalf, in order to apply change. Hence, arguably, all software developers are also magicians, since their software applies change unto the world, without the developer necessary needing to be directly involved in the process. In such a way, software becomes the developer’s “Djinn”.
My reasons for talking about this subject at this particular time, is because I’ve got a new MSDN article coming up, and I anticipate it’ll create resistance, due to that its header contains the word “magic”. Hence, I wanted to be a “good wizard”, and explain my intentions, creating a common vocabulary first, such that I could simply point to this article, and such easily explain my intentions.
You see, according to the above definition of the word “magic”, magic, which is the subject I am writing about in the upcoming MSDN article, truly is magical – Because it gives you a “proxy”, that you can use to your advantage, to create code. Hence, it becomes the art of coding, without coding. Or, it describes a recipe for creating a “Djinn”, that allows you to apply change, create code without effort, or interacting with the code yourself. It hence becomes a “proxy” that creates your code. Hence, it’s “Magic”.
Nothing magical about that … 😉
Sim Sala Bim, Abra Kadabra, cheerio peeples, and have a nice day 🙂