In a World of Magical Thinking

The people in my community have gone to a very strange place. Fear has led to actions that dont make sense. But beyond that, my community has come to a point of performing rituals that make life much harder for everyone. We’re used to rituals being a part of religious ceremonies, fraternity indoctrinations, and activities that bind groups together. But those rituals are meant to bracket a specific event in a specific setting. A ritual is used to mark an opening or closing. It has symbolic meaning within context of the actual, purposeful event. Watching a male bird perform a mating ritual in front of a female makes sense…