The Wise One Adrift, In A Sea Of Ignorance? 🤔

If you have some specialist knowledge, or just a lot of experience, it’s easy to feel like you’re bombarded with wave after wave of foolishness, or at best, total ignorance, on here, especially if people repeatedly discuss something, or make assertions about magick, which you feel are incorrect.

It happens. And I think that feeling of exasperation can affect all of us, at some poiint. :woman_shrugging:

Remember that on this forum, new people join daily, we’re currently one of the biggest magick forums, so new people hop aboard all the time.

Some may only have seen magick on TV or in movies, but they know it calls to them, or they may have passed through one or more groups, which teach a very specific worldview, and so they’ve taken that on board as being what everyone thinks.

While I would have thought this was obvious to those who deem themselves wise, it sadly needs to be spelled out clearly: that people who join this week asking a question, or believing something which is widespread (but you’re certain is wrong), are in no way linked to, conspiring with, or otherwise in any way responsible for the people who did the same thing last week, last month, or last year. No, really! :wink:

You wouldn’t like it if you were stripped of your individuality and treated like a boring repeat of the same old, same old, the next time you’re in the presence of someone more knowledgeable, in some other field: at best, it’s rude, and while tough love can work, closing someone down also risks them simply dismissing you as an asshole, and never really hearing you out.

To you, a lot of the subjects on here may be old hat: but to many new members, it’s fresh, unknown, exciting, maybe a little frightening, and since this is from the roots upwards a beginner-friendly forum, that’s an important point to make.

However you can have the best of both worlds:

  • make one good post, either as a reply, or as a new topic (doesn’t need to be a tutorial, just a brain dump of stuff on a magickal topic you keep seeing), then simply drop the link to it, whenever you see someone who you think is heading in the wrong direction, or has the wrong beliefs.


That way, you’re not getting irritated, and they get a quality reply that you typed once, when you felt refreshed and in the mood to cover the topic in-depth. Do it once; do it right.

For example, this is a reply which has saved me so much time, and headaches:

Pro Tip:

Add a highly unusual word somewhere in that post to make it easy to find in Search, I’m adding “crabapple” to this so I can find the link when needed.

And to new members, and beginners, you can play a part in this as well:

  • remember that learning is a constant process! So if you want to develop and grow, you will inevitably find that some of the things you’re sure & certain of now, will later be proven wrong, or at least, incomplete, and that this is a healthy part of the evolutionary journey.

Get used to that feeling now, and you’ll be the one making quantum leaps, while others sulk and defend their ego against the information which could have lifted them on the next level, on track to ascent, fulfilment, and personal power. :star_struck:



“A Cup Of Tea”

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself: “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

Source: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, compiled by Paul Reps

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