Ages ago man could venture into a cave and be emotionally, intellectually and spiritually aroused by some rock carvings on the cave walls, coming to life from the flickers of the torch he held in his own hand. He left the cave with a new meaning in life and with a feeling of having been enlightened!
In our own age we are bombarded by intense sensual stimuli from all sides, wherever we turn out heads. We see moving three-dimensional pictures, we enter digital and virtual worlds and we hear all sounds thinkable by human minds. We experience extreme speeds and have the equipment to climb the highest mountain peaks of our world. We fly above the clouds and jump out from planes flying high in the sky, only to fall safely to the ground. Yet we are bored to death. Surveys show that we, the modern European men and women, fear boredom more than we fear anything else. More Europeans commit suicide today than ever before.
The ancient hunt for game has been replaced by the hunt for new experiences. Our world falls apart around us, but we don’t have the time to worry about it; we are too busy keeping boredom in check, and spend all our time chasing that elusive feeling of a meaning in life. The faster we run, the louder we scream, the deeper we dive, the higher we climb, the more extreme measures we take, the farther we go from any and all feelings of a true meaning of life.
If you want true magic in your world I suggest you turn off your propaganda screen (the TV) and your computer and gaze into the fire or at the starlit sky. Turn off the electric light and light a candle. Park your car and take a hike in the oldest forest you have access to. Leave the iPod or MP3 player at home and listen to the birds singing, the wind blowing and the rain falling. Close your eyes and dream; visit the world of your happy and prosperous forebears, and understand why they changed nothing in their culture over the course of 500.000 years.