The idea of enchantment/disenchantment/re-enchantment with the world keeps popping up as salient lately. I suspect there’s a memeplex there that’s a natural successor to premium mediocre and domestic cozy. Feeling kinda lazy about working it out.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) January 26, 2021
Fortunately, the world is no more disenchanted than it used to be, machines are no more polished, reasoning is no tighter, and exchanges are no better organized. How can we speak of a "modern world" when its efficacy depends upon idols: money, law, reason, nature, machines, organization, or linguistic structures? We have al ready used the word "magic". Since the origins of the power of the "modern world" are misunderstood and efficacy is attributed to things that neither move nor speak, we may speak of magic once again.