During the Space Anticipatory Age (the mid-20C to late-22C AD), humans maintained a widespread opinion that magic was a figment of historical imagination. Futurist and science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s third law stated that ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,’ gaining a following of like-minded scientific imaginists. Similarly ignorant of the rule of threes, natural philosopher Isaac Newton’s third law states that ‘for every action force there is an equal and opposite reaction force.’ We can only speculate whether Newton was aware that his law held as true in the scientific field as it did in the magical field, as few natural philosophers distinguished between the two, and the majority of magical records have since been lost. It wasn’t until the 18C AD, with the advent of steam engines, that magic began to go out of fashion in the public sphere.
It’s interesting how tiredness, and height can both give perspective. This poem is the result of a severe encounter with both, yesterday. Continue reading