Monday, October 22, 2012

Magic Week Presents WORDS OF WISDOM: Maybe It's Magic


Lia Vosti

There’s the black and the white, and then there’s the grey. 

The grey is the unknown. Granted, this is subject to change as experiences grow or technology advances, but for now, the grey is grey. 

As humans, we have pretty advanced brains; we know a lot, but we don’t know everything. We constantly push forward to find out more— we push our own physical limits, do more research, participate in more discussion— we learn. We slowly shrink the grey area (though it often creates even more grey to follow up on as we do so). In academia, as well as in every day life, it is this line upon which the black and white and the grey meet that the human mind fixates upon. It is here where scientists, philosophers, and theologians have fallen in love with solving, explaining, or merely articulating the unknown. 

So, I ask you: what is magic? Magic is the grey, the fascination of the human mind. We believe far more than we can explain…This is magic! You see a magician do a trick, and even if you don’t know how it happened, you still believe it because you saw it (seeing is believing!). It appears there is a category of life which we can see or know to be true, but cannot explain. 

So what do you do with that? Does it scare you? Do you just avoid it because eventually a researcher or scientist will figure out everything? Do you believe in miracles?

Maybe magic is just an assortment of silly card tricks and pulling rabbits out of hats – but maybe it’s all of the grey. Maybe it’s the thrill and fascination that makes little kids want to learn and what makes adults want to go to work in the morning; the thing that makes us pray and cry and breathe. Maybe it’s like love: so much a part of our lives, yet so complex and intangible that we may never know everything about it. 

It’s so many things that we just lump sum everything unimaginable, inexplicable, unique, and unattainable into one category: magic. 

With this, realize you are your own magician.
 What is the magic in your life? 
Will you leave it as magic? 
Or, explore it until it's black and white.
What will you do with it? 
What will you allow yourself to believe?

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The Words of Wisdom Column, Lia Vosti:
Lia Vosti is an undergraduate at Santa Clara University, majoring in Bioengineering. Growing up together, her words always made the most obscure situations crisp and clear. She is the up and coming Renaissance woman, able to give homely advise after a day in the lab, and wise beyond her years.  

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