Re: How prevalent is magic?

From: hcarteau_at_...
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:25:25 +0100 (CET)

De: "Phil Hibbs" <snarks_at_...>

Foreigners are always in danger in insular societies, but not all illuminates are foreigners.
/// "well they might be. Better kilt them, or tar'n'feather them before they can spout sorcery or whatever furrin magicks they do".

Although I partly agree, that while not all illuminates are posessed of a compulsion to talk strangely, and illumination doesn't bring on stupidity or cultural insensitivity, it does break down certain psychological barriers.
/// Maybe some illuminati do become insensitive, indifferent to this illusory little world of little people, as they have percieved the All, the Absolute. Maybe they don't give a XXX anymore about what others think, especially if they're powerful/connected enough to defend themselves.

An illuminate might slip and accidentally say something that implies that a taboo is optional, especially when they are freshly illuminated and still coming to terms with the shift in perception.
/// Exactly. A raw illuminati, if you will. One an old one, but whose experience was so mind-shattering he/she still has trouble to keep it quiet.

And if an illuminate wants to spread illumination, they are more likely to target a quiet and thoughtful intellectual than a loud-mouthed burke. Of course, some people are naturally distrusting of quiet and thoughtful intellectuals, as a number of revolutions in the last few centuries have demonstrated.
/// Yes, these are the dangerous illuminati, who know what they're doing. Or believe they know.

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