Over the past weeks, a strange story has been running through media outlets from the Wall Street Journal to the New York Post and other news outlets in the US, the UK, and Europe, that Scotland is set to officially pardon and apologize to more than 3,800 witches. The witches will not get any benefit from the pardon and apology, nor will any of their family members. They have all been dead for centuries, as the witch hunts took place between “1563, when the Witchcraft Act was brought in, and 1736, when it was finally repealed,” according to The Guardian.
I would not have bothered to mention this were it not brought to my attention by one of my students. Since it was, I must say that the whole thing is pointless, and potentially harmful. It will be of no benefit to anyone. If anything, it might arouse an outburst of witchcraft and other oddities that contribute nothing to humanity.
The fact that we even bother with such things, and that many newspapers report on them, shows that we have made no progress since the 1700s. Centuries after the repeal of the Witchcraft Act, the world is still teeming with “visionaries,” “prophets,” and all sorts of “seers.”
The correct way to relate to our past is to acknowledge that this is how it had to happen, and that there are such stories in every nation. We should not dwell on them; it is nonsense.
The problem is that we don’t know how to relate to anything correctly, not to religion, not to magic, and not to charms. We are so confused that we don’t even know what we don’t know about ourselves. We don’t know why things happen, where they come from, and who or what controls our lives. We try to find support, but we have nothing to rely on.
We need to realize why we are here and how to achieve our purpose in life. Instead of clinging to superstitions, we need to rise a little higher than our sorry daily lives and find the higher, nobler purpose of our lives.
Our world is ruled by a force that is the absolute good. We, on the other hand, are ruled by a quality that is the complete opposite of it. In order to build the world properly, we must transform ourselves and become like the absolute good, to synchronize ourselves with the force that governs all of existence.
The place to start the transformation is among ourselves, in our relationships. If we establish our relations on mutual responsibility and helping one another, we will create a different world.
This has nothing to do with God, Satan, or the like. In other words: We must learn to live for each other and not for ourselves. Then, we will not need superstition or similar nonsense to improve our world because our attitude toward each other will make it good.
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