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« Reply #25: September 17, 2007, 02:45:43 am »

Most of your questions are somewhat "meaningless" to me as I don't see any difference in the ethics of doing something based on how you do it. The answer to the question "Is it ethical to do X?" is the same to me no matter how you choose to do X -- mundanely, magically, psychically, by prayer to a deity to do it, or whatever. There is no separate "magical ethics" in my worldview.

You're quite right, but I think "magical ethics" happens to be an issue because of the lack of foreseeable negative consequences attached to one's actions in that vein. (And it's not exactly an issue with prayer, because people tend to assume that most gods wouldn't answer unjust requests.) And one's actions, if one is mature enough to keep quiet about it, can always stay under wraps. In the privacy of your bedroom, one could do any number of things without anyone ever knowing that the thought entered your mind. And the fact that the actions are symbolic probably allows people to feel that they are not personally responsible for what happens. They didn't "really" get someone fired or evicted or hurt - the magic did it. Then, when the concept of karma is taken out of the equation, people don't need to worry about what might consequently happen to themselves. Though I don't think that's a good enough reason to subscribe to the idea of karma. As Einstein said, if people only did good for fear of punishment and for chance of reward, then the world would be a very sad place.
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Thessaly: It's time to draw down the moon.
Foxglove: We did this. Or something like this. We had water and salt, not blood. We invoked the goddess in her aspect as the moon. We called down her power...
Thessaly: Did she answer you?
Foxglove: Well, it felt good at the time. Empowering.
Thessaly: Hmph.

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