The world cannot function without partially ignorant people
Age of Unconsciousness
"Gentle-beings of every gender and none, greetings and felicitations!"
"Today I am addressing you using an ancient and fractured form of communication known as speech; specifically, the language once known as English. I have entitled my presentation, in that peculiar and idiosyncratic way that these ancient forms required, A Short History of Magic."
"I am delighted to see that so many of you have turned up, actually in person, literally here to experience the archaic notion of physical proximity."
"A few moments reflection would be enough to convince any of you that it is most unlikely that, as a species, we are still existent after all these millennia."
"Yet here we are!"
"When we look at the universe around us, we see that life and sentience has grown and established an uncounted number of times: minds and beings of countless kinds and shapes, all exploring, pushing outwards, yet never lasting for long, eventually falling back, failing and finally extinguished. The evidence is everywhere we look."
"Except for ourselves! We alone, in all of the lifetime of the Universe, have persisted, for aeon after endless aeon, all of us living and dying but our society unchanging for a million years."
"I would like to explore the reasons why we are still here, stable and unchanging in our society. It is a question for which we have no answer, for which none of our devices, or delving, or divination, has ever been able to establish."
"Yet I believe there are answers, reasons which the wisest of the ancients could, in their fumbling way, already foretell."
"Now, much of our beginning is well-known and recorded with, we all believe, much detail and fidelity in the ancient books and scrolls. Yet there are gaps, omissions, areas of the record which seem, under close inspection - very close inspection, in forensic detail and taking care to note that which is absent - to show signs of having been very carefully and deliberately erased!"
"I realise that many of you will wish to test my thesis. Please do so. I myself have subjected it to the most thorough challenges, yet each time the hypothesis remains intact. If you will permit me to continue, I would guide you all through the murky - yes, Gentle-beings, distinctly murky - uncertainties in our history and our place in the universe."