As a consumer of fiction, I must confess to being uninterested in stories that rely on "magic".
That was not always so. I thought Ursla LeGuin's stories in the Earthsea Trilogy to be excellent but I was a much younger person when I read those.
I think many contemporary authors cut their teeth on those books as well. At the risk of spoiling the books for those who have not read them, the two messages that undergird the stories is that "Knowing something's or somebody's true-name gave you power over it" and "Ultimately, we carry the seeds of our self-destruction and the truest test of magical power is our ability to control those seeds".
This is where my thinking diverges from most books and movies that employ "magic" as a leg holding up the story-line.
To me, "true-name" means family. Family is where magic resides. It is where people lay aside their own best interests and extend a hand to family members who need it. In a larger sense, name can also mean tribe.
Consider the first sentence in The Lord's Prayer (a.k.a. The Our Father):
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name...
There are two word in the first ten that invoke the bonds of family. Those bonds are reciprocal bonds of privilege and responsibility, authority and accountability, priority and self-sacrifice.
The magic of "family" is what causes adults to suspend their careers for two decades to raise a family, pass up promotions, tone-down hobbies, cross the country to help members in need.
I was reminded of this when I received a blizzard of get-well cards from the Macomb County branch of the family who belatedly heard of my mishap.
The Woke movement's war on the meaning of all words destroys that "magic".
Women are no longer women. Men are no longer men. America is no longer America. Children are encouraged to disown their parents and are treated as heroes.
All good intentions and acts of charity are debased by attributing them to the crassest of motives.
What did Jesus say?
Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law. Luke 12:51-53
We need to make choices. Do we follow domineering family members like lemming over the CRT-Woke-Intersectional cliff or do we stick to proven values? Do we continue to offer the privileges of "family" to toxic people or do we firewall them away from us for our own safety and sanity?
Thanks for letting me rant
Thanks for letting a grumpy old man get something off his chest. Now I have to get ready to drive into Lansing to feed my mother her lunch.