While “magical realism” looks like an oxymoron, magic and reality - though seemingly contradictory - have always coexisted in our world. Humans from all over have embraced gods and deities, angels and demons, ghosts and bogeymen as unavoidable elements of their lives. It seems that human beings are hardwired for this, with many accepting the magical and fantastical as truth in their childhoods, and for others, their whole lives.
Many eastern cultures and indigenous communities still do not have fixed boundaries between the natural and the supernatural. They accept the irrational, inexplicable and improbable, going through their lives with an undercurrent of magic in the everyday. Mark Twain said, “Truth is stranger than fiction,” and we’re inclined to agree, because life gets pretty strange sometimes.
What is reality? Is it what we can perceive with our senses? Yet, we know that our senses cannot be trusted; that our minds play tricks on us, and what our senses perceive really are just electrical impulses in the brain. How does any matter have form when everything is made up of infinitely smaller building blocks, with lots of space in between the particles held together by strange forces? What of phantom limb pain, mass hallucinations, or even lucid dreams? While philosophers, scientists and writers have tried defining reality, it continues to prove as elusive as quicksilver.
Reading is a magical portal that allows us to travel to distant lands and live many lives, and magical realism allows for the inclusion of alternative belief systems that defies logic. We must find magic in the little things around us, or it will be lost to us. With our limited notions of reality, perhaps it would serve us to suspend our rational minds every now and then, so that we may transcend the ordinary and live enchanted lives.
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Closing date: 11 June 2017, 23:59:59 EST
Results: 30 July 2017
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