You know how utterly depressing it is to be in the 21st century, in a first world nation that used to run a quarter of the planet, arguing with someone else in another first world nation that used to put people on the moon, about whether magic works or not?
"The thoughts of all men arise from the darkness. If you are the movement of your soul, and the cause of that movement precedes you, then how could you ever call your thoughts your own? How could you be anything other than a slave to the darkness that comes before? Only the Logos allows one to mitigate that slavery. Only knowing the sources of thought and action allows us to own our thoughts and our actions, to throw off the yoke of circumstance."
- R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before