cartoon: magic, tricks, and wishful thinking
Some people treat the book as though it were some kind of ancient document of magical formulas. Just believe in a correct way, speak things in a proper way, and all your wishes will come true. When I watch what goes on on television and in some books I read, I sometimes feel like I'm at a magic show. Smoke and mirrors. Have you read Joan Didion's book, The Year of Magical Thinking? Her husband suddenly dies, and she realizes that the following year was a year of thinking magically. That is... she realizes in her own self-analysis that she catches herself believing that if a person hopes for something enough or performs the right actions that an unavoidable event can be averted or something good can happen that one wishes for. I hear her! An analogy, in many ways, for many things. Silly rabbit! Tricks are for kids!