So, I have a question for you.
We discussed the idea of Lexical Definitions in Episode 63 of Inciting A Riot: the Podcast. According to most word scholars, the best Lexical Definitions are concise, precise, and leave no room for ambiguity. Basically, they're short, sweet, and to the point.
Por ejemplo: The word 'apple' is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
Definition of APPLE 1 : the fleshy usually rounded red, yellow, or green edible pome fruit of a usually cultivated tree (genus Malus) of the rose family; also : an apple tree — compare crab apple 2 : a fruit (as a star apple) or other vegetative growth (as an oak apple) suggestive of an apple
Just a few lines, but exceptionally clear and leaves little room for ambiguity. You wouldn't wonder whether it was the definition of a watermelon or a fig. It's an apple.
So, here's my easy question:
What is magic?
To you. I should clarify that. What do YOU think magic is? Episode 64 of Inciting A Riot: the Podcast is coming out (very) soon, and I would like to know what you think magic is. Definitively.
|Say hi to Aleister Crowley and his magic hat.|
My one request is this: Please, for the love of all that is holy, do not send me "Magic is the Science and Art of causing change to occur in accordance with Will." There are a number of reasons why I do not want you to send me this definition. They are as follows:
- That's not your definition. That is Aleister Crowley's definition. Sending me that definition, or ANYTHING LIKE IT, is not sending me YOUR definition. You're a Rioter. We're original people. Be original.
- The definition is incorrect, because magic is not science. It is not scientifically proven on the whole and/or accurate on most any measure. Thus, the definition is inaccurate.
- The definition is imprecise, because it could be my will to change the color of my wall paint. I didn't use magic to achieve that end. I used cash and Home Depot's handy proximity to my house.
So, keep it like something you would find in a dictionary, a few unambiguous sentences.
Then, if you're still feeling like answering a question, I have one more question for you:
Is magic the means or the end?
Is magic the means...or the end? I won't go into more detail than that, because I don't want to lead you one way or the other. But I'd like to know... Is magic the means...or the end?
All answers will be used in an upcoming episode of the podcast! You may either leave them in the comments below, or email them directly to IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com
Love and Lyte,