"Magic Spells”—mere myth or dramatized description of a deeper reality? This pair examines the nefarious use of language as a means of ensnaring the unsuspecting mind. Beauty (celebrity), social pressure (political movements), simplified narratives (mob chants), logical loops (misnomers), the hedonic treadmill (addiction), , camouflage (euphemisms), innate proclivities (empathy) can all be used as a means of intellectual control. Magic spells can alter behavior and move finances from one pocket to another. They can sequester curiosity or misdirect well-intentioned energy. The key to diminishing their power is to name them--ideally with a funny joke. Laughter heals many wounds. It is an indicator of understanding and freedom.
Q: Why did the postmodern chicken cross the road? A: He didn't. . Or, he did, depending on who you ask. . We really ought to examine the chicken power structures.