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Thursday, 03 December, 2020

Miracle or Magic

Date: 15 December, 2001

By: Chief

Imagehat really depends on one's own perspective does it not? If you believe in something, no matter what it is, you, well, believe in it. How it occurs is irrelevant. At the same time, are those two words not the same? Do they not, in essence, mean the same thing? Why no, not at all. Indeed, according to Webster's Dictionary, the word miracle is defined as:

"A wonder. A super-natural happening."

Magic, on the other hand, is defined as:

"The feigned art of influencing nature."

Yet who can definitively state that a miracle is real and magic is fake? Who? If one is to closely examine both, not just definitions but from a historical perspective, you come away with one of two conclusions:

It is those two observations which brings me to the heart of the matter — Harry Potter.

For the life of me I just can not understand all the uproar over four books and a movie. It makes no sense at all. While I have not seen the movie, I own a hard bound copy of each of the four books and have read each one numerous times. I can not find — anywhere in those books — anything which could reasonably be stretched or construed as "evil." Yet religions, of various flavors, have reached and more than likely surpassed the point of hysteria over a kid who goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

I've got to tell you Harry learns a lot in that school. Oh sure, there are hexes and charms, transfiguration and potions. But the important lessons have nothing to do with magic. Nothing whatsoever. At Hogwarts, Harry learns that:

No wonder organized religion despises or hates Harry Potter with such a passion. If left up to religious leaders, that poor kid would be publicly crucified.

These Harry Potter books teach the very things that organized religion does not want you or your children to know. In fact, those six principles are diametrically opposed to the very existence of organized religion.

You see, religion survives solely because of control. Control over its "flock." As such, for religion to not just survive but to grow stronger and more powerful the flock, the individual members of the religion, must be ignorant. If you keep your people ignorant you can teach them whatever you desire they know. If you keep your people ignorant you can make them do whatever it is you desire them to do. If you keep your people ignorant you promote divisiveness. You promote discrimination. You promote bigotry. You promote hatred. You promote war and genocide. All in the name of God or Allah or whomever. Hello New York.

Religion and its leaders have no use for ideas which counter what they 'teach' their flock. Notice how the word "flock" is so prominent in the bible. I prefer the word sheeple. It adds a ring of truth. Blind in their obedience, faith and belief. So blind that murder is okay - if it brings about the change they want. And if it doesn't, no big deal, they'll be forgiven. Sheesh.

To be fair and impartial, a comparison is needed. To that end I suggest those interested read the bible. Upon completion read the first book of the Harry Potter series. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone." See which book promotes the values you really believe in. See which book promotes the values you would like your children to emulate.

The results may very well surprise you.

[Ed. note: This story has been updated.]

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