wizard,

who achieves a noteworthy lifemaking outcome with minimal stimuli. Wizarding is often serendipity: chance encounters, uninvited insights, blur, mistranslations, overheard talk — sometimes a single word, face, gesture; one day you awaken transformed without even remembering the impetus. Intentional wizarding is, however, a cultivated art: full-time wizards' lore, teaching, games draw in youth inspired by the “art of benefaction” and its “joyful detachment.”  ■    Wizarding vs. missionarying are the two poles — enigmate vs. engage — of “what works” now that most historically attested methods of social manipulation are gone. Missionaries wade through socia openly inflamed to right the wrongs — not by any assumed superiority but by pure engaging (“seek your one lifechanging engagement, an epiphany to transpire from incompatible self-truths”): by caring, understanding, fundamentally being there. A wizard, in contrast, aspires to act adverbial — to come across unstrainedly random, “divinely impersonal” (“ease is the hardest thing to do”), minimally invasive, magic; the best adwize (noun and verb) is indistinguishable from a force of nature — never trivial (and unneeded for a trivial quest) nor paradoxal, minimal but not necessarily terse. It may be coming in a gust of wind — but with a massive coordinated performance behind the scenes, a planetwide conspiracy, a years-long buildup of incognitos; the three Magi (Palestine, single-digit year) were the earliest archetype: did the exact thing at the exact time and were gone — made the future by prophesying it. Wizards' and missionaries' worlds coexist, resist amalgamation: notable if rare are those who usefully blend or evolve across the two traditions.  ■    Modern wizarding begins as a reaction to the suffusive soapiness of “ethi committee-sitters” — as an attempt (retrospectively wildly successful) to reclaim some of the sociomorphing power from “handwavers and haranguers,” from the suffocating thoroughly-warms; it builds a metalore (oracles, court jesters rethinged) through which the committed outsiders — lucky aphorists, gifted pokers, happy introverts — can once again leave a lasting trace. The atmosphere has regenerated: you may not need or heed any wizarding yourself but you “live in a world that winks at you.”  ■    A cognate of “wisdom,” wizard implies nontrivial understandings and a courage to act on them — but also affords no mundane knowledge at all: perceptions of a wizard — a divine fool, an oracle shrouded in mystery, a nosey madman, a proxy coin tosser — arent mutually exclusive. Little thought you may give it (outside of countable “stranger effect” episodes per life) but surprisingly many seek, cherish, addict to adwize; and at least as many reject it all (“preposterous”), eschew anything remotely wizardy — or concoct tongue-in-cheek conspiracy theories about wizards secretly ruling the world. Indeed they may have, briefly, ruled it by having made the daily lifemaking bread suddenly — and for the first time — plentiful; like other “abundance revolutions” before, this one ends up dissolving into the substrate: the heyday of wizarding giants is past, were learning to be self-sufficient — self-wize. ■    Not by any verbalizable authority but wizards are routinely sought, queried, interpreted: “obeyed”; however ambiguous, “absurdly hazy,” irrelevant to the point of offensive, their adwize is avidly imbibed on a lore (birthright, predestination) with a subconscious sense of safety (“why would he”) from evil or selfish intent; in a complex world, something entirely random — “silly, uninformed, haphazard” — can be optimal. And you never know how random: what you just heard — was it a “crazy wiz” shot in the dark, an off-the-cuff witticism, a game of i move? Or a painstakingly calculated stimulus, culmination of years of meditation on your intimate realms? It could always be, of course, a natural communication without any wizarding intent — or not be at all: the cliche of never firing after years of buildup isnt entirely fictional.  ■    Snappy dispatching, cross-world flashing, highlighting the forkpaths (“thereby creating” them); arting and cooking setups from skywide broadcasts to remotest faraway; the elite wizarding art of Fire (dramatic, dangerous, controversial) where a calculatedly destructive storm relieves an overtightened lifeknot, washes away congealments, trumpets a finale to set everyone free: whichever it is, adwize only works when the recipients collaborate, are lifely curious to unpack and try it on. For the puppet-aware, wizards' cold readings are forever warm: welcome into my hairtangle, you can make it more meaningful.  ■    For all its tangentiality and fairy-taleish flair, wizarding has always been “anachronistically” strictly regulated. At the basic level, rigorous codes keep novices from getting intrusive or annoying — from poisoning the field (which makes wizarding harder for everyone). More controversial is the abuse potential of pro wizarding: the ineliminable arbitrariness bordering on autocracy, “the dark temptation”; much infighting is around the leeches — notorious “failed wizards” who build a following but slide (never fully, or any, consciously) into self-righteousness, disciplinary mania, guruism, god mode: parasite on dependents, thrive on disorientation, create suffering. The wizarding world is always sniffing itself out — is forever scarred by its own potential creepiness.  ■    One remedy is full disclosure: community mandates documenting all wizarding acts, motivations, observed outcomes (with a century of publication delay). But “gone are the days of the pointy hats,” this is no world for picturebook wizards anymore: just as everyone lifemakes around self, best wizarding is done at arms length, by those you know so well — but suddenly you dont; one day, the full-time elites with their expensive failures and risk amplification will be superfluous. Already its mostly self-taught amateurs who rise to wizarding fame, often to quickly retire; a budding wizard may benefit from an initiation but his growth tends to be “organic and unorganizable,” like that of a monastic elder, with infrequent apprenticeships and no road of formal training.

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