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The Difference Between Prayer and Magic

07 Sep

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The Bible warns against using sorcery and/or magic, but extolls the virtues of prayer. 

But both prayer and magic seek to use the powers of supernatural forces to achieve mortal desires. So, what’s the difference between prayer and magic?

I believe the difference is one of control and sovereignty. 

When I pray, I pray as a supplicant, as a subject, a servant, an inferior.  My prayers recognize the superiority of our Father YHWH ha Elohiym, and my relative inferiority.   I pray/ask that God will assist me in some way, but I do not suppose or imagine that, just because I pray, God will necessarily grant my request.  God is my sovereign.  I am His subject and/or servant.  Perhaps He will grant my prayer; perhaps not. 

As the Messiah observed near the end of his life, “Not my will, but thy will, be done.”  The Messiah thereby recognized and confessed that he, and his will, were inferior to God and His will, and that he (the Messiah) would do as his Father instructed him, even if doing so was contrary to the Messiah’s will and seeming best interests.

But if I invoke magic, I invoke control. I do not plead; I command.

If I invoke magic, I do not pray/ask that God or demons or whatever supernatural power I might care to invoke to “please” help me.  I command that supernatural power to help me.  In doing so, I implicitly say, “Not thy will, but my will be done.”  I act as if I am the sovereign and God and/or demons and/or whatever other supernatural powers I invoke are my servants rather than my masters/sovereigns.

I suspect that, if magic is really possible, it’s a kind of blasphemy whereby a natural man or woman invokes and commands the conduct of a supernatural being like God or demons.  I further suppose that, if magic is really possible, those who invoke magic take control over God and/or demons and that control must inspire the rage of whatever supernatural entity has become subject to the powers of a mere mortal.

I’d bet that if it were possible for me to “seize control” over a supernatural being, that being would obey me while I held that control.  But that being would hate the humiliation of being controlled by a mere mortal, and would hate me for having seized control over it.  I’d bet that the supernatural being that I controlled would simply wait until I made a mistake, relaxed my control, or perhaps even died–and would then seek to tear me apart for having had the incredible audacity to think that I (a mere mortal) could truly seize control over a supernatural being.

Prayer recognizes the power and sovereignty of God over whoever prays.  Prayer recognizes “one’s place” in the “natural” (or even supernatural) order of things.  Prayer flows from humility. 

Magic presumes the power and sovereignty of the man praying over whichever supernatural being is being prayed to.  Prayer denies the natural and/or supernatural “order of things”.  Magic flows from arrogance.

Magic refuses to recognize man’s inferior status (as compared to that of supernatural beings).  That human arrogance invokes the rage of whatever supernatural being that is temporarily reduced to the status of a servant and thereby controlled.  Eventually, the supernatural “servant’s” rage will destroy the magician.

It’s interesting that magic is often portrayed as something fun in the movies and on TV.  Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice comes to mind as do movies like Bell, Book and Candle, I Married a Witch, and the TV series I Dream of Jeannie. There are other horror stories where the magician is destroyed by his supernatural servant, but mostly we see movies and TV dramas that make magic fun.

However, regardless of whether you can or cannot truly invoke magic, the mere idea that you could seize control over a supernatural being–especially God–is probably an act of arrogance and blasphemy that will not be easily excused or forgiven.

If you need some supernatural assistance, you’d be wise to stick to prayer and avoid even imagining that you can invoke the personal power of magic. 

 

(We might also consider the seemingly odd format for court cases that include a “prayer” to the court.  If I “pray” to the court and/or judge, do I thereby admit that the judge is my master and I am his subject/servant?   Do I deny my own earthly sovereignty when I write a “Prayer” to a judge?  Does a prayer in litigation implicate law or equity?  Does a “Prayer” to an earthly judge constitute evidence that we’ve turned our back to God?)

 

 
40 Comments

Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Bible, spiritual warfare, Values

 

40 responses to “The Difference Between Prayer and Magic

  1. prayerwarriorpsychicnot

    September 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs.

     
  2. Roger

    September 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Al said: “I suspect that, if magic is really possible, it’s a kind of blasphemy whereby a natural man or woman invokes and commands the conduct of a supernatural being like God or demons.”

    Magic is not only possible, it’s widely practiced. In fact, magic is a major control mechanism of the modern worldly system.

    The mind manipulation practiced by the news and entertainment media, both mainstream and fake “alternative”, is the main form of magic we see today. Mind manipulation has always been the first concern of magic.

    Indeed, these mind manipulators often call themselves “magicians” as they presume to exercise god-like control over individual minds and society in general, for example by harnessing base emotions like fear.

    These magicians, these Wizards of Oz, of the mainstream and fake “alternative” media work to support and extend the power of the invisible international government of anarchist billionaires, without the informed consent of the governed.

     
  3. charles

    September 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    This will sound cynical, but it seems to me prayer is irrelevant. If I pray for some thing or some event and I don’t get the answer I want, I’m supposed to say that it wasn’t in the will of God. If I do get the answer I want, I’m supposed to say that God answers prayer. Both can’t be true. Either I (a mortal) can sway the will of God, or I can’t. If God is sovereign (being a calvinist, I believe that to be the case), getting the answer to prayer I requested has nothing to do with my prayer. It was going to happen anyways. Why? Because God is sovereign and I am not.

     
  4. timmy

    September 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Nicely put Al. Charles, Jesus is our example and teacher; He implored us to pray the Father, as He regularly did. Why would a loving Father not want to hear from His children? That doesn’t imply He gives them everything they ask for… even earthly Fathers (good ones) know better than that. And let’s remember prayer is communication and as such, a two-way conversation.

     
  5. Henry

    September 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    @Roger

    From the classic magician’s handbook Propaganda, by Edward Bernays (nephew of Sigmund Freud), published in 1928:

    “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”

    “In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons… who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.”

     
    • moon

      September 7, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Henry, Roger,

      Unexpected, yet relevant direction for your comments to the original post.

      Do either or both of you think you have the ability, power, or control necessary to defeat the “magic” that sways the masses? Can you tune out the impact of the “magic” from your consciousness? Do you think others can thwart the “magic” or do you think there is no defense to being tossed about by the dictates of the “magic”?

      Roger, would you give a specific example of what you think of as fake “alternative” media?

       
  6. RobM

    September 8, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    according to Islam:

    Interesting video; there is nothing untoward in it, just a commentary of their belief or the two angels that taught magic. Its a different perspective and one I think is correct. You don’t get anything positive from magic, anymore than you win by gambling at a casino or getting happiness from drug use. You are chasing a high that doesn’t exist.

    Personally, I believe magic involves more circumstance changes. Why you don’t win, was probably best described by the short story called “The Monkey’s Paw”. He conjured money, and got it as severance, because his hand was taken in an accident.

    Perhaps similar to the Book of Job. As for Calvinism, no: we have free will. God is perhaps not restrained by time, so knows every choice you will make; although it is still your choice. There is another thing we also have, which is the illusion of free will. The latter is how hypnotists do what they do, people are blissfully on autopilot. Walking around on their cellphones, but concentration on the conversation. Prayer grants some of this free-will back to you.

    There is also an aspect of psychology. The placebo effect has been shown to work (can be motivated statistically). The opposite, called the nocebo also works. And on top of that people’s stress can trigger some wild reactions. Combined with lack of sleep, schitzophrenia, panic attacks and even death (so I’ve read).

    Magic, of the type here: I don’t think the person (human) has anything to do with it. It’s a 3rd party (human, spirit, djinn) making the circumstances go wrong.

    What I see above, is psyops and propoganda. Advertising has become the same cut-throat precision. Even with these new cellphone apps and pop ups, is a new field called Captology. A cellphone can bleep when you go past a certain store, say a golf shop, and if you expressed interest in this product (according to your profile), it would alert you to “you wanted that golf club.. remember?” and advertise the specific store. Of course the capt app would charge that store for the targeted geo-advertising.

     
  7. Henry

    September 8, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    moon,

    All that’s necessary to defeat the magic is an awareness of it, since the power of the magicians is based on trickery and illusion rather than force.

    If everyone knew about the game being played, the magicians would be out of business in short order, as happened to the Wizard of Oz when he got discovered. This powerful fact helps you spot the “false-alternative media” (Roger’s phrase)….

    The real alternative media educates We the People by emphasizing subjects like that discussed in the “invisible government” Bernays quote cited above, targeting the NWO’s achilles heal of merely getting caught doing what they’re doing. However, the false alternative media points you in every other direction and agitates We the People into various ineffective emotional states against the NWO, the “gubmint”, and each other: e.g. fear, hate, controversy, fear, divisiveness, riot, fear, strife, hopelessness, etc.

    Regarding a specific example of the false-alternative media, Roger has mentioned Alex Jones, which seems plausible from what I’ve heard. Other commenters here have said likewise.

     
    • moon

      September 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Henry,

      The old sailors say that there is only one thing worse than hitting a fifty foot swell head on…and that is NOT hitting a fifty foot swell head on. i can be fully aware of the fifty foot swell, but that in itself won’t keep it from severely wrecking my boat. The crucial question is: what am i going to do about it?

      In order to defeat the “magic”, as we’re using the term, first, i need to make sure i’m not participating in it.

      After several generations of TV being the baby sitter of choice, for most all ages, the illusion can be difficult to recognize. i don’t participate in TV or the subsequent gadgetry of “social media”, etc. Do you think it’s a major tool promoting the illusion?

      How about the so-called “income” tax…do you think it’s part of the illusion? i’ve never filed or paid.

      Do you think the government halls of indoctrination, referred to as “education” are further tools in the illusion? Yes, well, i did participate in that more than was necessary, but now i encourage others to seek other ways of learning and applaud those who directly provide for their own children’s learning.

      Do you think 501c-3 “churches” further the illusion? i don’t participate and try to help others see the destruction those institutions cause.

      Then, there’s the “courts”, those skillfully orchestrated presentations that seem to be designed to put the fear of jail deep into souls. That “prayer” to the court/”court” that Al mentioned has been on my mind lately. If i am truly sovereign, why should i submit to the illusion/fiction?

      You might say that if i don’t i’ll go to jail. You could be correct in that expression. i’ve been to jail and it has been a terrific learning experience. The fear that you and Roger mentioned has been one of the greatest obstacles for me to overcome. Just recently, i was arrested and put in jail being told that the situation was not bondable and that i’d be there until the court date. It took me about two days to remember who i am and i sent a message to the Sheriff explaining his options. He was informed that he could cut me loose or, according to the Unified Bonding Code (a document that is sacred to him), he would need to provide me a place and supplies to do my research, write, prepare my case, receive visitors (friends and counsel) as if i was not incarcerated.

      Next morning, i was out of there. i’m not sure exactly how cause and effect happened since i did a few other things to encourage my “release”. My point is that without the fear of jail, i can actively be who i am while the illusion/”magic” fades away.

      Where i am it is a full moon!

       
  8. Anthony Clifton

    September 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    what is in the scriptures about the subject before Solomon begins to “call forth demons” ?

    http://buelahman.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/pbs-lies-for-fdr-over-allegations-by-whittaker-chambers/

    as if a chronological review of the facts might be partially relevant to the discussion

     
  9. Denise Strauss

    September 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Yes, praying to a judge is 100% turning away from God…who’s your Daddy?

     
  10. Roger

    September 8, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Hi, moon and Henry.

    The magic system is like the Matrix: a prison for your mind. The central illusion of the magicians is that 300,000,000 Americans can’t reverse the gains of a few thousand criminals in the mafia that hijacked our constitutional government.

    The illusions of the magicians, perpetrated mainly through the news and entertainment media (both mainstream and false-alternative), are about neutralizing the effectiveness of the American body politic through distraction, misdirection and induced hopelessness, all for the benefit of the media’s owners: the same criminal mafia that hijacked our government.

    Once you take the “red pill” and understand this, the game the media rats are playing becomes obvious and, if anything, has the opposite effect on you because you see their evil (though, as accomplished liars, they all wear a mask, and do a little song-and-dance, of good).

    Their game has the opposite effect when your eyes are open because you understand how important the compliance of We the People is in our own destruction. Really, the world is our oyster if we just assert the will of our body politic (the mafia’s greatest fear) instead of allowing this will to be neutralized by the NWO’s hired magicians.

    Yes, television is definitely part of the magicians’ toolbox. So is the education system – both public and private, since they use essentially the same curriculum and their textbooks are from the same publishers.

    As to 501(c)(3) churches, I’d agree that they are more likely to be co-opted, though other churches are also teaching doctrines of man without basis in scripture. The main problem is that these doctrines of man are taught in the seminaries. So really the seminaries are the main culprit in this case.

     
    • EDOMS THORN

      September 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Tell me Rodger, HOW do we get the SELF-IMPRESSED, willing IGNORant “Proverbs 18:2 “FOOLS” to even consider that they have been subjected the practitioners of “MagiK” ILLUSIONS?

      At my web site, I have provided Biblical and Historical FACTS, that prove the MAGIK is from SATAN’S SEED, that is BIBLICALY based to be EDOM! But I am called a “MURDER” because I tell the TRUTH! I am CALLED a LIAR, because my research has not been DUPLICATED by “THAT SLANDER” that calls me those VILE UNSUBSTANTIATED NAMES…

      RODGER you have it correct!! You said, …”The main problem is that these doctrines of man are taught in the seminaries. So really the seminaries are the main culprit in this case.”… SO KNOWING (If only they would admit it) that the Seminaries were infiltrated by the “magicians” they should be able to understand that there is “MAGIK” that has perverted and polluted the truth beyond what “WE” believe! To mix a little MAGIK with the truth is what EDOM has done!

      It is so sad that those that attack me, and those that IGNORE me, will not cease from their ‘Rectal
      Defilade’ and take the LITTLE bit of time necessary to research what I have presented! THESE are the Biblical and Historical FACTS, and CAN NOT BE REFUTED! They are FACTS! It takes COURAGE to admit to being in ERROR! But the COWARD can do nothing but RIDICULE, SLANDER, and make false claims that do nothing but distract from the TRUTH that they are to prideful to even research!

      LEARN about the “MAGIK” that EDOM and SATAN’S followers have as their gOD! SEE for yourself the truth of the FACTS from EDOMSTHORN, as I was led to UNDERSTAND by the Holy Spirit, (or is that Magic?), do NOT trust me, but do as the word of God tells ALL OF YOU TO DO!!!!

      1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

      II TIMOTHY 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
      DIVIDING:
      SC GREEK 3718 “orthotomeo” to make straight, cut, to DISSECT!

      I am EDOMS THORN for a reason! Learn who EDOM is and you will understand WHY!

      edomsthorn . wordpress. com

       
      • Roger

        September 9, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        Edom’s Thorn,

        It’s probably better to simply write off the willingly ignorant minority and not waste resources trying to convince them. The majority is UNwillingly ignorant; these can be (and are being) reached through the new media tools now available. The truth sells itself, whereas the spell-casting methods of the magicians prove that lies must be constantly re-administered: stripped-down to moronic simplicity and repeatedly (and preferably traumatically, for deeper penetration) hammered home.

        The ease with which truth dispels lies, and the newly acquired means of spreading the truth, are why the NWO invented the false-alternative media to crowd out the genuine truth-telling Resistance and sustain (the essential components of) the false reality originally set up by the NWO’s mainstream media.

        Incidentally, I would point out that not everyone who refuses to look at evidence is willingly ignorant. Some of them already know what they’re being told is correct but rule it “irrelevant”, “beneath discussion”, “an intractably cloudy matter”, etc. in order to keep the truth safely out of sight and off the table.

         
  11. RobM

    September 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Roger,

    I think there are different definitions of “magic” being used here, but I agree with you 100% on these psyops. The “awareness” of waking up to these and the ability to do something to change this is not as simple and there are many failsafes:

    Firstly, you can’t just tell the truth, as this will discredit you.
    You can’t trust the truth as you perceive it, as photographic memory is a myth. And people are prone to panic attacks, after trauma.

    Using the Matrix just as useful analogy, Neo could never tell people on the inside they are plugged into the collective- -too far fetched.

    The misdirect as you said, but also combined with confusion and diffusion. Same done in cryptography, stenography to hide in plain sight. A few steps is all that is needed to obfuscate some secret. If you know what is going on (have the key), its easy to decode. If you don’t have the key, its an exceptional lot of work for a little bit of info. Also, the secret only has to be kept for a certain time, after this time too late, or not worth it. Or everybody knows by this time.

    Life with klaxon, sirens and alarms going off is difficult: and no one else cares. And you will end up questioning yourself, “if you can keep your wits about you, when all else have lost theirs”, and is it worth it?

    And lastly, a big part of it is (suggestion), that is many of the ideas one thinks are their own, are in fact coming wholly from a 3rd party, who is the major benefactor.

     
    • Roger

      September 8, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      RobM,

      It’s getting easier and easier to break the media’s magic spell, and more and more people are doing it. Once it was very difficult, and people thought your were a “conspiracy theorist” if you tried to warn them, but this is much less the case nowadays.

      A big factor in this change has been the media monopoly-busting force of the internet, of course. In response, the false-alternative media has been the NWO’s attempt to co-opt this resistance, but not enough people are buying it.

      The problem the anarchist billionaires, and the media magicians who work for them, are having is their techniques are getting old and busted.

      Mankind is progressing, but the evil-doers are lagging behind the times and can’t update their spell book fast enough to adapt. Failure of this type puts any business, or international crime syndicate, out of business.

       
      • moon

        September 8, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Roger, Henry, RobM,

        We could talk all night about the weather
        Could tell you ’bout my friends out on the coast
        I could ask a lot of crazy questions
        Or ask you what I really want to know

        Rain can fall so soft against the window
        The sun can shine so bright up in the sky
        But daddy always told me, “don’t make small talk”
        He said, “come on out and say what’s on your mind”

        (thanks Bellamy Brothers)

        I have been impressed with the urgency of doing
        Knowing is not enough, we must apply
        Being willing is not enough, we must do

        (thanks da Vinci)

        Knowing the existence of the matrix
        What am i doing about it?
        Yep, it’s a me thing, all about me
        Because i have no reasonable reason
        To drag you down the rabbit hole
        What am i doing about it?

        (thanks moon)

         
      • Adask

        September 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        I don’t agree that Main-Stream Media casts some “magic spell” on the people. The media employs a very sophisticated use of manmade technology to deceive people, and by means of that deception, to enslave people. But (by my definitions, at least), “magic” depends on invoking powers that originate in the realm of the supernatural rather than that of mankind’s technology.

        True “magic” uses supernatural forces to overpower its victims. Mainstream Media uses sophisticated technology to deceive and mislead it’s victims. There’s a big difference. Magic can’t be resisted; technology can.

         
      • moon

        September 8, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Quote from Al’s comment: “Magic can’t be resisted; technology can.”

        Hmmmm…

        When the HAARP technology in Alaska (maybe closer now) is honed in on Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills’ music, do you think you’ll have enough positive energy to waltz across Texas with Earnest Tubb? (well, yea, but let’s get out on the edge a bit)

        When you were sick as a dog and i sent healing energy in your direction, did you not welcome the healing energy with open gratefulness? (no, no, strike that question…you were under duress and it hasn’t actually been proven that the healing energy kept you from passing on over)

        Do you think there is a distinct separation of natural and supernatural forces?

        Do you think a spirit navigating this physical existence cannot resist forces from the realm of the supernatural?

        Do you think the forces of true magic are always negative…as in “True “magic” uses supernatural forces to overpower its victims”?

         
  12. Roger

    September 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Al said: True “magic” uses supernatural forces to overpower its victims.

    In that case, I’d say there is no such thing as “true” magic, using that definition. It’s always been a sham and a lie. For example, the media-magic sham and lie of 9/11.

    So let’s call it “traditional” magic, “ancient” magic, or something else to designate the magic used throughout history to control populations and build empires. Its practitioners often refer to themselves as “magicians”, so it’s a fair designation.

    Al said: Mainstream Media uses sophisticated technology to deceive and mislead it’s victims.

    Both of the major forms of NWO-sponsored media – mainstream and false-alternative – practice roughly the same techniques of mind-control sorcery. They share the same spell book.

    The mainstream media and the false-alternative media are two sides of the same coin, ultimately serving the same international crime syndicate of anarchist billionaires.

     
  13. Anthony Clifton

    September 8, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    do they have a rogue nuclear “Jewish” terror state called Israel and branch offices in every synagogue ?

    http://forward.com/articles/205158/does-carrying-a-gun-to-synagogue-make-it-safer-or/

     
  14. Henry

    September 8, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Roger wrote > Its practitioners often refer to themselves as “magicians”… <

    Or shamans, or witchdoctors, or oracles – all of which exercised great influence over their tribes in primitive times.

    From these beginnings grew the priesthoods of the ancient pagan empires, who wielded political power even over kings. There's a direct line from these ancient priesthoods to the occult sorcery found in the modern techniques of medicine, jurisprudence, and especially mass communications (yes, both mainstream and false-alternative forms).

    Roger, this is a blog for grownups, so I'm sure everyone can tell the difference between the concept of magic you're discussing versus what they've seen in children's books like Harry Potter.

     
    • moon

      September 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Henry,

      Oops, maybe i shouldn’t be on this blog…seems i’ve been resisting peer pressure to grow up forever.

       
      • Henry

        September 9, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        I wouldn’t worry about it, moon. I’ve noticed Al has a tolerance for immature commenters on his blog. As long as it doesn’t turn into chronic trolling a la Les Fuchs, you should be okay.

         
      • moon

        September 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        What, me worry? i’m having too much fun…my immaturity notwithstanding. Apparently the resistance is still intact.

         
      • moon

        September 10, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        …and, Henry, it appears that Al may have thought my earlier questions too immature for reply. Or, he may have considered them irrelevant, beneath discussion, an intractably cloudy matter, etc., as Roger mentioned (i pick up big words from Roger…had to use my slide rule on that last one). One of the characteristics of youth is a quest for knowing which i try to maintain as i go.

         
      • Henry

        September 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        moon, some thoughts on the topic in general…

        The desire to learn is definitely an upside of youth. A downside of youth is the misplaced trust that comes from being naive about the serpent ways of man.

         
      • moon

        September 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Wow, Henry, your use of the word general seems to be an extremely broad brush…maybe. Are you suggesting that my earlier questions to Al indicate a “misplaced trust that comes from being naive about the serpent ways of man”? …or did i completely miss the essence of your thought?

         
      • Henry

        September 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        Moon, maybe I was unclear. I was not referring to your youthfully curious questions. I was shifting the topic a bit and taking about youth in general.

        In general, youth has certain qualities, both positive and negative. Consider the example of Adam and Eve, who were in the market for knowledge (a positive quality of youth), but were also naively trusting enough to take the serpent, and its deadly sales pitch, at face value (a negative quality of youth).

         
      • moon

        September 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        OK, Henry, you’re allowed to shift the topic if you’d like.

        i keep laughing out loud after reading your statement: “I was not referring to your youthfully curious questions.” i’m wondering if Al didn’t answer my questions because he thought of them as “youthfully curious”, but you wouldn’t know that because it’s not your day to keep up with Al. However, now that you’ve referred to my questions to Al, earlier in this post, as “youthfully curious”, how do you figure that?

        Maybe i’ll ask Cary Coole about it. Cary Coole gets it, apparently. Do you think Cary Coole is a stage name?

         
  15. Cary Coole

    September 9, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    This is absolutely terrific – I get it!!!

    Cary W. Coole

     
  16. Adask

    September 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I don’t answer most comments because I don’t read most comments. I get up to 200 email a day. If I spend 3 minutes reading and responding to each email, that’s 10 hours a day, shot in the cheeks, before I have time to do any of my own research or writing or prepare for and host my own radio shows. I can’t answer all of those emails. Likewise, I just don’t have sufficient time and energy to deal with every comment on this blog.

    Some people seem to suppose that I have some obligation to read every comment on this blog. I wonder if those people recognize their own correlative obligation to read all the articles (now, nearly 1,600) posted on this blog. If I have to read and respond to everything you write, it’s only fair that you have to read everything I write.

     
    • moon

      September 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Easy, Al, on that last sentence…there may be some who actually read everything you write.

       
      • Adask

        September 10, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        We’ll have a 500 question test this Friday to see how many have read it all and remembered it. I couldn’t pass the test myself, so I’ll be conducting and grading the test rather than actually answering any questions.

         
      • moon

        September 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Wait…you’re changing the rules. Your statement only said READ everything you write, not remember too. Well, OK, change the rules…it’s your blog. Think i might take a long weekend.

         
    • Toland

      September 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Al, it shouldn’t take anything near 10 hours a day to keep up with all the comments on your blog. You must be doing it wrong, technically.

      Days when my schedule is light and there is time for fun stuff on the internet, I actually read all the comments that post to this blog. This takes about 20 minutes a day on average.

      Of course I’m only talking about reading the comments, not responding to some of them. That would take extra.

       
      • moon

        September 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Hey Toland, start your own blog and you can make up all the rules. Let Al make up the rules on this blog. By the way, if you’re looking for a few more bucks, i’ve heard that Al is looking to hire someone to write 500 questions by tomorrow.

         
      • Adask

        September 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        I didn’t say it takes 10 hours a day to answer questions on the blog. I said it would take 10 hours to answer all of my email if I spent 3 minutes reading and replying to each. When I receive 200 email in a day, that would consume 10 hours. The blog would be extra. Can’t be done.

         

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