Arrested Development: THE ENLIGHTENED FAMILY

The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher (1844 – 1900)

Last Monday, I decided to visit my grandparents who had someone related to me called U____ R__, who I unfortunately don’t remember who had his own children over; young kids running around the house with boredom looking for something to do. Often with Nan’s food to stick in their mouths, since she was making cupcakes. I noticed that the male half of the two children had a Playstation 2 and from what I heard, a racing game to go with it because the mother of the children wraps them up in cotton wool and says that games with excessive violence is bad for their young minds. My Pop voiced something about videogames about magic, which is considered “bad stuff” to him. I thought, if it’s because it’s in the realm of fantasy, fine, which is strange, because J.C. used to change water into wine and part the ocean and resurrect people from the dead. Shouldn’t that all be called magic, regardless whether his powers came from someone else?

Mag-ic (noun)

  1. the art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.; legerdemain; conjuring: to pull a rabbit out of a hat by magic.
  2. the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature. Compare contagious magic, imitative magic, sympathetic magic.
  3. the use of this art: Magic, it was believed, could drive illness from the body.
  4. the effects produced: the magic of recovery.
  5. power or influence exerted through this art: a wizard of great magic.
  6. any extraordinary or mystical influence, charm, power, etc.: the magic in a great name; the magic of music; the magic of spring.
  7. any extraordinary or mystical influence, charm, power, etc.: the magic in a great name; the magic of music; the magic of spring.

Of course, being me, I had to stop at Number 2. Since the “incantations” are verses that everyone seems to read aloud, of which he did during such procedures to create something that’s obviously unnatural. Goes to show that even in a family like mine, there are still some hypocrites, regardless of intelligence. Does the woman think that such an action of her children will do them good? She has just arrested a part of the children’s development which is to let them experience the darkness that is part of this world and how to deal with it. It’s not safe that this mother of theirs is giving them a false view of the world as a place filled with happiness and rainbows at every turn. Which isn’t, since the Crisis is still going, now with the added threat of Swine-Flu on our doorstep. What she should be doing for them is to teach them by exposure to both sides of this world, that way, if an accident happens, they know how to act accordingly instead of wondering why their God let it happen. Sometimes I wish my family could be more… rational when it comes to things like this.

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