Artist Versus Magician

Okay, minor gripe. I don’t care how mysterious and cryptic a creative artist is, but that doesn’t automatically make them a magician/witch/sorcerer/shaman. Even if they are rather talented in their own particular sphere. 

So, I have a lot of respect for Jodorowsky’s work, but claiming he’s a sorcerer seems a wide stretch. I haven’t read his books, but I’m getting the feeling that he’s an expert on magic the same way I’m an expert on molecular gastronomy; I know just enough to make many people think I’m an expert without actually being one. And I’m picking on Jodorowsky right now because he just turned up in my feed. He’s far from the only one.

I guess it’s the same old problem of people getting their politics from the music lyrics they listen to, rather than reading books and newspapers.

There are, actually, a lot of musicians, painters, and writers who do magic. Most are dabblers, and I can respect that– not everyone has the same calling or to the same extent. Others are practitioners first and creatives second; though the world may not see them in that order. (A lot of the problem, which is obvious if you think about it, is simply the dilemma of time management.)

What does get under my skin is when creatives adopt spiritual disciplines as an enhancement to their mystique and have little or no real experience with the real stuff. And then they become (to varying degrees) competitors to hard working authentic practitioners in the free market of ideas, authority, and brain space.

A friend of mine recently suggested that perhaps I expect too much of people. Well, maybe so. It’s just part of who I am.

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