That’s how empires collapse: one corrupted, self-serving individual at a time, gaming one corrupted, self-serving institution or another; it no longer matters which one because they’re all equally compromised. It’s not just the border legions that are phantom; the entire stability and strength of the empire is phantom. The uncorruptible and competent are banished or punished, and the corrupt, self-serving and inept are lavished with treasure.
via This Is How Empires Collapse.
Linearity has a tendency to break down when you attempt to view it in an expanded fashion. When it comes to magic, this creates some unusual retro effects. Consider the following two quotes together. The first is from Magic of the Northgate:
[I]f a magician or a group of magicians/priests are planning to do a major working, the energy will start to form itself from the moment the time, date and intention is set. The initial action of focussed intent is always the starting point, rather than the beginning of the ritual/visionary work.
The second is from Dr Sheldrake’s The Science Delusion.
One of the most interesting findings of precognition and presentiment research is that people seem to be influenced by themselves in the future, rather than by objective events. Precognitions are like memories of the future. Presentiments seem to involve a physiological back-flowing from future states of alarm or arousal, a flow of causation moving in the opposite direction to energetic causation. This is in agreement with the way that attractors pull organisms towards their inherited or learned goals, with flows of influence from virtual futures through the present towards the past.
Like Kierkegaard’s unthinking man, spending centuries gathering terrestrial knowledge seems ultimately circular, ultimately futile. Especially when the dispensation of knowledge is so politicised. That would be ‘wisdom’ with a little ‘w’ that Achad’s beetle forsook. What is needed instead is action. Action that begins with intentionality.
via The Hole In The Roof.