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Saturday, May 8, 2010

On Names and Magic

  Language indeed holds power more than we think and trust. Thoughts and intentions which lie deep in human heart—one of the  most complex structure in the world can immortalize using power of words and hence they are source of immense power and energy. Whether spoken out loud or unspoken, words are frequently used to access or guide magical power. In "The Magical Power of Words" (1968) S. J. Tambiah argues that the connection between language and magic is due to a belief in the inherent ability of words to influence the universe. So is true with names, names of objects, persons, feelings, emotions and relations. Naming them correctly can bring out their true nature, color and power. Naming them correctly can unleash everlasting essence hidden in them.
  However, if you name them incorrectly, call them with something different can also cause havoc. Calling a person by a wrong name can offend that person so is true with emotions and relations. In case of emotions, naming them incorrectly can have devastating effect specially in human interactions.
  While talking of human interactions, I am compelled to think of relations, another complex phenomenon (and beautiful too). Human relations(all of them) are wonderful. Problem arises when we name them incorrectly, usually in haste to solidify them, en long them. While doing this we tend to forget that beauty of relation is not in the duration but into intensity of it. In this haste we don't realise true potential, nature and exclusivity of every relation and try to name them, bind them with a pre-determined(socially determined, in  most of the cases) name. In turn, relation loses its exclusivity. We all know that no two human beings can be similar in the very same way no two human relations can be. The charm of life lies in this exclusivity. It lies in this peculiarity. This what provides life much needed variety, color, vividness. But we all fall in trap on naming them in haste and in process lose charm and magic of it.


Now something off the Naming.

3 Laws of Magic

1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right.  When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong.

2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
These laws were formulated by Arthur C. Clarke.

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