Under The Influence (OR: You Ethics Mean Shit To Me)
Go with me on this.
After months and months of job hunting in an economy that seemingly makes hunting for unicorns a more achievable goal than hunting for jobs, you finally land an interview. Prospects either look good, or dismal depending on your situation. But either way, you’re going to make sure you do your damnedest to get that job.
So perhaps, if you can afford it, you go out and buy yourself a nice suit or some other type of professional looking outfit. You brush up on your interviewee “best-applicant-for-the-job” shit-eating grin, practice a firm handshake with your dog, whatever. The morning of the interview, you wake up early. You take a shower, groom yourself to perfection, eat a healthy and/or hearty breakfast and head off into the sunset to meet your destiny. Or whatever.
This is just one of the ways you exert your will over that of another individual’s.
I know, I know. I hear you. “Zee! Some of us already have jobs. And even if we don’t, we’re not going to a different interview every single day!”
No. But you do interact with other humans on a day-to-day basis. And even then, you constantly warp, contort, twist, pervert, shape and sometimes downright bastardize reality.
If you want to make friends, you try to appear more inviting, happy, witty and fun than you might actually be (or be feeling at that moment). If you don’t want to make friends and/or socialize, you put on your best “don’t fuck with me” face, shove your headphones on and exude an aura of “GO THE FUCK AWAY” as best you can.
And that is all perfectly well and fine. Natural, even. Human beings have an innate drive to not only survive, but to thrive. Which means we’re constantly using our will to influence the wills of others to bend in our favor. That ranges anywhere from being nice (or hell, mean) to that customer service rep to telling a little white lie to your friend when, yes, their hair really does look a mess, but god damn it you’re late to the party and you just wanna leave already.
Which is what absolutely kills me when I see people constantly bemoan, bewail, lament and beat their chests in rage over the idea that someone would dare use witchcraft to manipulate someone else for the crafter’s gain.
What makes that so much more atrocious when done with magic? Seriously. I want to know.
If you want to pretend you’ve never exerted your will over another human being in even the most mundane ways, fine. That’s your prerogative, Bobby Brown. And if you are against personally using witchcraft to do the same, again—you can do whatcha wanna do.
But stop acting like this isn’t a natural human endeavor that happens all the time, and stop shaming those who do it.
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