Tactics of the wizard
Wizardry is the power of using words to influence minds to act according to the wizard’s will. This has been done throughout history and still occurs to this day on an extremely frequent basis. The media and Hollywood are powerful tools for casting spells along with many other forms of communication. The images and sounds consumed by the mind can influence the way people feel, think, and behave. Among the tactics used in modern-day spells are glamorization, normalization, marginalization, and destabilization. Wizardry, by definition, cannot be used for good because only the truth can break a wizard’s spell.
Glamorization is used to bend the morals of the target and manifest their acceptance in something they otherwise would deny. Popular music and movies glamorizing drugs can subliminally suggest to a teenage developing mind that drugs are cool, and what their parents and school are saying is lame. Glamorization is also used to motivate the target to strive for something in accordance with the wizard’s will. To promote degeneracy with impunity can lower a population’s standard of decency and steadily raise their tolerance of criminal activity and their own abuse. Sound moral judgment and connected relationships can defeat any glamorization spell.
The glamorization of violence in television and movies, often acted out by the protagonist, can desensitize the mind’s response to violent acts, creating an acceptance of violence in their culture. This is an example of the glamorization of violence leading to the normalization of violence. In other words, the violence on the screen doesn’t necessarily influence the viewer to commit violent acts but can influence them to accept the violent acts going on around them as normal behavior. Normalization spells take something harmful and taboo and turn it into something tolerable. This is done through severe repetition, often throughout decades to have a real result on the target. The good thing about spells is they do not force us to do anything. Spells always require the mind’s consent.
Marginalization means to treat a person, group, or concept as insignificant or peripheral. In other words, marginalization seeks to direct the mind’s attention away from the value of something. Mockery is used in marginalization spells to a great extent but also used to break them. Comedy is an enormously powerful and often underestimated tool for both casting and breaking spells. When a person laughs at something, it’s because they know there is truth in what the joke is conveying. The problem is the devil is a comedian and leverages the power of comedy to blur the lines between truth and fiction, while simultaneously making us laugh. The solution is logos-driven comedy, planting seeds of truth in the minds instead of nefarious spells.
Destabilization aims to take power away from a person, group, or concept. The foundation of the destabilization spell is an aggressive belief in the ends always justifying the means. Destabilization spells combine glamorization, normalization, and marginalization, executing them with repetition throughout an extended period. These spells are not to be feared because strong and connected communities are impervious to them. They are only effective if the morals of the minds have been bent enough to accept the spells as an influence on who they are as a person.
While glamorization and normalization take something evil and flip it, marginalization and destabilization do the opposite, taking something good and turning it into something unimportant or not worthy of the mind’s attention, or even into something evil. Spells can be spotted in plain sight often as lies and distortions that go against our moral compass.
However, a spell is more than a lie. Unlike a regular-day lie, when a person is under a spell, they can be revealed the truth and their mind will still not accept it, creating any justification possible to maintain their system of beliefs. Ultimately, the spell has convinced them that this new piece of information serves them no value and they swiftly reject it. To accept this new information would mean to deny everything they know about themselves and the world around them. Nearly everyone, if not everyone, is under some form of a spell.
I’m certainly under some spells today because I know spells have deceived me in the past. At the time, I didn’t recognize that I was being manipulated and so I cannot discount the possibility of that being a reality today. I believe the important thing is to always speak what you perceive to be the truth and strive to grow as a person, admitting when you are wrong along the way. The reality of spells should not bring despair or fear into one life but instead a loving and cautious awareness of the positive and negative energy powering our miraculous plane.