Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:19 AM
I guess there's a few things to address here, so I'll try my best to give it a go....
Well, if it were the case that I decided to hang out a witch shingle, and start offering my services to the public, yes I would charge for it, as my skills are worth money. I wouldn't call up a plumber with two decades of experience and expect him to do repairs for free, so why should the same be expected of me? Is that really selfish? Is caring for my own needs selfish? If I gave away everything I had of value for nothing, I would have nothing left to give, and hence wouldn't be able to help anyone at all. I suppose if using magic was messing up the damn divine plan, I wouldn't have been given the ability to do so, would I?
As for 'morality,' well I've never been given reason to regret a curse or whatnot that I've done, only the ones I haven't performed seem to bite me in the ass. That's a moral for you. If you think you're taking the high road by allowing nasty, horrible people to walk around and continue to harm others, that's certainly...interesting. I just don't agree. To each their own I guess, and if you haven't confronted your shadow to any extent and are worried that causing harm will harm you, it just might, and what you call up will nail you to the wall. Seems sensible to me to avoid creating such a problem. Just don't try to impose that particular moral structure on me or mine, and don't be surprised if I swing a full conniption if you do.
I've never claimed to be wise or anything like it, these are just my particular opinions and thoughts on the subjects at hand. Each of us has led a different life, and will end up in different places, so I don't expect everyone to agree....I'm just being honest.
"The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning." - Cormac McCarthy