You Say “Woke” Like It’s a Bad Thing

What if we’ve been living under an evil spell for 10,000 years?

Leah Welborn
ILLUMINATION

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Original artwork by the author

The world has a problem, and it’s people. Our egos and greed have brought us to a precipice, and it’s evident that something major has to change, and quickly.

As a thought experiment, let’s imagine that magic exists, and we can use it to fix what’s wrong. But that begs the question: are we looking to enchant the world, to change its natural, brutish state to one of pure (but false) egalitarian bliss? Or are we looking to disenchant the world from an evil spell and bring it back to its natural aforementioned state of egalitarian bliss, away from the hatred, greed, and brutality we see now (which is the result of a spell)?

To Enchant, or to Disenchant?

Two thinkers who I admire greatly have written on this subject. They have slightly different takes, but reach the same conclusion — the world we’ve created is far from ideal.

One of them is Amanda Yates Garcia, known as the Oracle of LA. She writes in her glorious book “Initiated” (and elsewhere) that what the world needs is enchantment. To that end, her mission is to re-enchant the world with magic with love with beauty (and she’s doing a beautiful job).

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Leah Welborn
ILLUMINATION

Empower Your Magical Self with me. I'm the Mystic Autistic, a writer and spiritual baddie. LeahWelborn.net.