Magical Belief / Magical thinking is defined as believing that one event happens as a result of another without a plausible explanation for it. The problem with this definition is that exactly what is a “correct explanation” can be difficult to pin down.
Examples from that range from religious beliefs (fanatics) to stuff like “The Secret” but magical thinking can be almost ascribed to anything that has no evidence or isn’t based on scientific facts but more on that at the end of this article.
Let’s take a look at this text and afterward we will examine why it’s trash.
You wouldn’t want to be at the skeptic end of the spectrum anyway. “To be ‘unmagical’ is very unhealthy,” says Peter Brugger, head of neuropsychology at University Hospital Zurich. He has data, for example, strongly linking lack of magical ideation to anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure. “Students who are ‘not magical’ don’t typically enjoy going to parties and so on,” he says.
I call bullshit on that and say what do you prefer? Living in your shitty dreamworld where nothing is true but at least you are “happy” and “feel” good, or seeing shit for what it is although it might be depressing, gray, bland, whatever you want to call it. I explained this further in my matrix post. Once you are “woke” there is no turning back anyway so embrace the suck and grow from that. Stay in the abyss and fight your way through it- endure!
It’s ten times more rewarding and harder of course than living in your wish washy world where the sun is always shining, and everyone is singing kumbaya and is “happy” (because they are on pills). Fuck going to parties; you know its crap so why attend? Spend that time working on something meaningful! Fucks sake people stop with the bullshit and work on what matters. Stop using magical belief, it’s just another bullshit excuse to run from reality.
We all tend to cling not only to the things we believe but the reasoning that leads us to believe them; the goal is make that happen less often and eventually get rid of it completely. -Titus Hauer
Our brain tends to believe whatever is easiest to perceive. Subjectivity, intuition, and naïvety is a large part of our everyday life, and because of that there is this penetrant insistence that what we see, hear, think and say is what we get.
Nothing gives you a faster, fear and anger response than questioning someone’s belief that he is emotionally invested in. That could be any belief ranging from religion to “The Secret” or some other mumbo jumbo that has no merit whatsoever.
Because of their ego investment into something that is proven to be false they become angry and that’s what I call the “ME Culture” everyone is so heavily invested in ideas that might be good but more often than not are just flat out wrong and they can’t accept that.
The ME culture makes people think that they are the center of the universe, all knowing and all powerful, controlling the world around them and those of the other “me’s”.
That’s the current state of affairs in my opinion and the only progress in human knowledge and facts pretty much comes exclusively through science.
There is, however, rationality in assuming that our subjective experience of the moment is right. Usually, it probably is or doesn’t even matter.
In most peoples experience, the earth is flat, the earth is the center of the universe, and they believe in magic i.e. “Mind over matter” and that is fine to a degree.
The problem, however, comes with work that is important and problem-solving. So, lawyers, politicians, doctors, accountants, business people, engineers can’t trust subjectivity and intuition and they shouldn’t because their work matters more than what the average joe does.
The point I am trying to make is that people are stuck in magical and narcissistic belief systems, and because of that they disregard the reality of things, the facts, the truth.
This obvious problem is, in my opinion, the cause of a lot of the problems we face today, the me culture, the want to believe in something magical that takes care of all our problems and reassures us that we have at least some significance in this universe, the damage magical belief caused is beyond comprehension.
What to do?
I don’t think we can do much besides pushing science, and educating people, but even science is flawed at times, but the thing with it is that it usually gives us the truth or a plausible explanation to things if we followed the scientific method, there is less wiggle room for bullshit, so I think that science and putting our effort and focus on it is our best bet to move forward in life, have fewer problems, and fix the problems that we already encounter.
As always thanks for reading and until next time.
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