power and responsibility: forward from the future

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Power is responsibility, they are the same thing. A parent’s power over a child is explicitly a responsibility. A president’s government power is explicitly a responsibility. If you are well paid and an important (to you) charity is failing for want of contributions, it is party your fault if you made no contribution but had the means to make a substantial contribution. If you have the power of a boss, that is also a responsibility to make certain employees under you are treated fairly and paid adequately and on time.

Commonly we imagine we want power, associating it only with the positive: the ego boost, the esteem from others, the ability to make (better) choices for others. At the same time we avoid responsibility, associating it only with the negative: being at fault, deserving blame, forced to put forth unwanted effort. There is no power without responsibility though, and if you want the good, the price is the ‘bad’.

So it’s been a year for me. I started this year with disaster, a house fire that destroyed all my stuff, my Mac computer, decades of digital fires, my pet cats, all my occult supplies and books, all my art supplies, my mother’s notebooks gone..all of it gone. And I found myself in Ithaca NY with no job, almost homeless. So, with effort and magic, I’m under employed washing dishes, I have a roof over my head, I’m maintaining this site ( and it’s “blowing up”, doing far for than the 5k of unique visitors each month I was so proud of a short time ago, not bad for an invented niche).

I know what I want. I want to have fun and to make tons of money having fun. For me that might be creating a comic, getting a book published, running a silkscreen business, running a graphic design business.

There’s law of attraction right? If I just have the vision and maintain it like its real, the universe will deliver it to me, right? Well, I’m not already rich, and let’s be honest – it only works easy if you have the wealth and/or fame to make the pathways to fulfillment easy.

BUT, think about that future for a moment. Let’s imagine I’m there right now, I’m the head of a successful multimedia company that takes in lucrative jobs from corporate clients, that publishes comics that are so popular they bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit from merchandising alone.  Now that I’m here, how did I get here? And, what difference am I making? Is my comic so good people are actually looking forward to the next issue? Will a young man consider suicide but choose not to because he wants to know what happens in the next issue of my comic? Will a guy meet his wife because she’s a fan of my comic and she sees him wearing its tee shirt?

So, with that vision of the future – am I doing right now what I need to be doing for that future to manifest? If I’m doing something else, will that couple never marry, will the boy kill himself?

Sorry about that, I lean towards the dramatic and negative. Really I want to get a comic called “Ithacat” done, and I’ve been procrastinating on it. If the comic is done, I can use it as part of a pitch to get a micro-loan from Alternatives Credit union, likely enough to get a proper desktop mac and the adobe software I need to provide credible graphic design services, possibly enough to also get a start with a silkscreen business (my unique sales position are my superb design skills, no other screen printer provides custom design services to the degree I can provide).

And I am getting started doing Ithacat – reworking what I did before to hit a higher quality. And what is driving me is the enthusiasm people are going to have for the comic once it exists, an enthusiasm that is not real yet – but one that will be real once the comic is online. For that future to manifest, I have to do the work now. If I will choose that future, claim that power to choose that future – the responsibility is the work I do now. Power and responsibility are one.

Next year I will be published, the comic will have many fans, and I’ll be financially far  more secure than I am now. At the very least. I’m not counting on the bank loan, I may turn to mob funding if that doesn’t pan out. All those rich people with steep tax cuts, they should help me become a business success!


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  3. So, give it a try. Decide what you want to create in the future, and visualize that future and the difference it will make. This is kind of ego-maniacal – but there is method to the madness. Because in the here an now, if you want that future – you have the responsibility to do what you know you can do that will allow it to manifest.

    this is also a powerful context for magic spells directed to that same vision of the future.

  4. George says:

    Hi Michael, love reading your stuff, only found it on the web a few days ago, answered a bunch of niggly Q’s I had about sigils, gota love your (Possible/deliberate) freudian slip – “a house fire that destroyed all my stuff, my Mac computer, decades of digital fires” Decades of digital fires, anyway, keep up the good work and I look forward to reading the “Ithicat” comic adventures sometime in the very near future Brother, take it easy

    G

    • Yeah, folks often think I write these posts really carefully and thoughtfully, but for me it is casual and there are typos and perhaps some may have psychological revelation, the “l” and the “r” are not close together on the keyboard. Visit http://kitschcore.com if you want to see much of the art I no longer have master digital files for. And it’s “Ithacat” – ’cause I live in Ithaca NY.

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    • Well to be honest I feel a little guilty because part of the title, “forward from the future”, is cribbed by a seminar that Werner Erdhardt had once presented. I did not attend the seminar, but I was at a time associated with landmark Education and I was exposed to many ideas there.

      Years later, I recently was wrapping my head around the challenge of my procrastination and I generated the ideas set forth in this blog post. Or did I? the piece of title that is cribbed, I use it ’cause it precisely describes the idea set forth.

      The idea can be criticized. We should give ourselves some slack. And indeed, I spent new years today not drawing my comic. All the insights from this blog post serve in light of that revelation, is to make me bad and wrong.

      So for me, the challenge is to pursue my work without lust for result and just do my best.

      As for your question, I do as I do because I can. Just as you do. I’m sure there’s a domain of activity you perform effortlessly that I can’t do at all. Such as driving, I don’t yet know how to drive. And I’m becoming acutely aware a car and driving it is a large part of what divides the classes.

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