This is follow-up to the post, Should Magick Be Taught?
I have encountered all sorts of people that have accepted that their magick worked, a few that said their magick had gone wrong, but aside from myself, I have never heard a magician, witch or other practitioner say that s/he hurt someone with magick accidentally, due to negligence, the fates or something else. I have seen people even deny the possibility that their magick could have possibly impacted a third party negatively. This disturbs me.
How is it possible that only magick is devoid of the possibility of error, negative impact and even accidental death when industries like automobile manufacturers, construction companies and the medical establishment cannot manage the same? Oh, no, I see, it is only your magick that can't hurt anyone. Really?
If I negligently drive an automobile and hit a child, people would blame me. I would blame me. Yet, if I saw a dangerous intersection that the city wouldn't fix and I did magick to inspire them to do so and that magick caused a fatal accident and that accident inspired the change, most magick users would say I probably wasn't responsible. It would have happened anyway. If it was their magick, it definitely would have happened anyway.
Because you really can't see magick working. It isn't as if you see a giant hand pluck the kid from a safe place and stick in him in the road to be hit. No way to tell really, is there?
Then how is it we can tell when our magick worked? Hmmm? We take all of the credit and none of the responsibility.
I see three problems here.
1. The universe we are working in is too big. Magick flows down the channel of least resistance like water running behind a wall in your bathroom. You may never see it until the damage is done. The difference is you can't deny the water caused the damage. The possible paths of magickal flow is really too big trace cause and effect reliably. In short, no one really sees magick work The giant hand never appears. This allows for plausible deniability. It doesn't sound any better for us than politicians does it?
2. Given the nature of humans, we take credit for what works, and live in denial about the rest. To me, denial is by far the worst trait of the magician bar none. You cannot grow spirituality or as a practitioner if you are in denial about what you have done.
3. A fundamental belief that magick flows where it ought to and thus any result is right and just. There are spiritual truths, thereby, to be gained. I can't argue with this. I can simply place in it another context. No one says that man cheating on his spouse is ok because, well, there are spiritual lessons to be learned from the situation, even though there are spiritual lessons for all involved. Is an act that harms another acceptable because of medium of action?
I have no conclusions to this one either. I am just pointing something out.