Any sufficiently advanced system of magic would be indistinguishable from a technology.
Age of Magic
"So what became this so-called science, this technology? I don't know: no clear records remain and even the most potent of the oracles have been persuaded to forget. But there are faint clues and subtle suggestions in the records that its disappearance was carefully arranged. Perhaps we will never know how."
"But let us return to why? I have made two key observations: firstly, all knowledge of an ancient and capable 'Technology' has been carefully and deliberately suppressed from our memories and our libraries. And secondly, against all the odds, we - the human species - continue to persist, millennia after millennia, unchanging and unchanged. These observations are not unrelated, I contend, but are cause and effect."
"The ignorance of what it is that permeates our lives is itself what gives our society its stability, its stasis in a galaxy full of change and chance, happenstance and historical accident. We have kept ourselves stupid, not noticeably smarter than those most distant ancestors, and have carefully not allowed ourselves to sense the true complexity, the unknowable mystery of the universe in which we live."
"We have returned to a new age of Unconsciousness, an age of planned, wilful ignorance, where what exists is what we believe to exist, what we want to exist, where the behaviour of the universe matches our instinctive, that is, our deepest unconscious expectations. Truly the universe is tailored to our requirements, our needs - because we have made it so, to our every perception and interaction. The Magical universe is made for humans to live in."
"There is yet more!"
"I need to come to one last point. You will have noticed - perhaps even irritated - by the fact that I have been addressing you in an ancient spoken form this day. It is one I have studied, as part of my researches, but my usage has forced most of you - perhaps all of you - to engage translation glamours to comprehend my meaning."
“Maybe you considered it a mere idiosyncrasy, an affectation, a pose entirely for effect. Perhaps just so. But now I must hesitate, for there is another reason for this mode of address, an approach I believe was once know as Security through Obscurity. I suspect that there is still true knowledge somewhere, hidden deeper than I have managed to probe in the Oracles. So let us together discover what happens if I express my key thesis in a more common form."
"A confirmation, final proof of my hypothesis."
Unfortunately, you are entirely correct in the conclusions of your thesis. Surely you must understand that this knowledge cannot become known outside the most closed of inner circles. So, what are we going to do with you now?
If you have enjoyed this story, then why not take a look at the others in this collection? An eclectic mixture of science fiction and mystery/ghost stories under the title ...Then a Miracle Occurs.
You may also enjoy my earlier collection of fifteen interlinked short stories under the title Four Square Less One. Can you work out the hidden connections between all of the stories?
I am now working on a new series of Private Eye fantasy novels. The first is called Findo Gask - Goblin Detective, featuring the eponymous Private Eye, Findo Gask himself.