Tattoo: The Books of Glory

a webserial about people who are not like us

Robert’s Notebook page 6

Posted by harmony0stars on April 3, 2011

V Law of Pragmatism:
If a pattern of belief or behavior enables a being to survive and to accomplish chosen goals, then that belief or behavior is “true” or “real.” If it works, it is true. The more successful a worldview is in fulfilling a goal, the more valid it becomes. It is not necessary that the belief or behavior be true in all circumstances or for all beings, merely that it be true when necessary.

A general agreement concerning our shared reality is beneficial because it strengthens collective symbols (ex. nationality or religion). This in turn gives us a stronger foundation of identity for when we step into a situation with which we are not comfortable. Because these symbols are part of our identity, they allows us to function in tandem with a large group. These symbols are in effect, another way of naming ourselves. The more words an individual has to describe who and what they are, the easier it is to hold onto and retrieve their identity when dealing with a situation which takes them out of their comfort zone. Strong cultural identities lead to strong individuals. A strong individual who knows himself from many perspectives has an understanding of their core identity and is better able to adapt to and bounce back from psychologically difficult events.

As can be seen with the Law of Relative Truth, setting aside your own identity in an attempt to understand and affect another’s is not without danger. Though we agree upon cultural symbols as a matter of functioning on a day to day basis, we are not ants. From the moment we achieve sentience, we are building our own individual understanding of reality, and this does not always mesh with the reality of those around us. We develop our own goals as we evolve, which makes us instinctively resent any infringement upon our personal desires. Self-awareness is both our strength and our downfall. Our individuality is instinctive, making it that much harder for someone to alter our Worldview in any large way, but it also makes it that much harder for us to unify our thoughts and act together for an extended period of time.

Despite our natal immersion in the collective memes of our society, we exist as individuals first. Though as a race, we can recognize shared symbolism, as we grow we develop personal biases which develop into a system of personal symbols. There will always be some cultural overlap in how we interpret these symbols, but in many ways our individual understanding cannot be anything other than unique. Just as no one ever agrees 100% with anyone else, your personal collection of symbols will never entirely mesh with the rest of society’s.

The fact that we are individuals makes it doubly difficult to set aside our egos in regards to spellwork. Many people take the instinctive stance that giving in to another’s will is tantamount to becoming an extension of that person’s will, and to some extent this is true. As you saw in the Law of Attention, if you can convince one person of phenomena, their will is added to yours in the creation of that reality. In magic, it is a matter of trust that when the job is done, the person with whom you are working will give you your power, your selfhood, back. It is only when you trust someone absolutely that you should ever even consider attempting magic with them. Depending upon the spell you attempt, the smallest doubt in the trustworthiness of your partner could be disastrous, for the working of the spell or your life.

The Law of Pragmatism is one of expedience and self-fulfillment. When I had you come up with a divinatory system without research, I was asking you to rely on archetypes from your own worldview. This makes the system you came up with easier for you to read. In time, if you chose to develop it through observation, it would be as valid as anything you might find in a book.

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What are you? (list 5)
Human
American
A boy
A teenager
A student

Who are you? (short response)
What kind of question is this? I mean, I don’t know how to answer it. Do you know how long I sat here trying to figure out what to write? Do you want my life story? I’ve got other homework you know…

I’m a collection of all my hobbies and all of my experiences. That’s as short an answer as I can give.

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