The Sundering

My Dear Wormwood,
I wonder you should ask me whether it is essential to keep the patient in ignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command. Our policy, for the moment, is to conceal ourselves. Of course this has not always been so. We are really faced with a cruel dilemma. When the humans disbelieve in our existence we lose all the pleasing results of direct terrorism and we make no magicians. On the other hand, when they believe in us, we cannot make them materialists and sceptics. At least, not yet.
The Screwtape Letters, letter VII, C. S. Lewis

He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles. Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger, than when a human, no longer desiring, but intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.
The Screwtape Letters, letter VIII, C. S. Lewis

Clearly, supernatural activity does not come to our daily public attention. In fact, it is very hard to bring anything supernatural to public attention, as anyone involved in supernatural doings quickly discovers. Contrariwise, it is very easy to hide the supernatural from ordinary, mundane attention. This twist of luck or fate separating the esoteric and prosaic worlds is called "the Sundering." It is not, however, leak-proof or air-tight. After all, myths and legends do circulate in the prosaic.

But why is the Sundering there? Why shouldn't esoteric stuff be exoteric, public, as depicted in so many fantasy novels? Frankly, no one knows. There are many theories:

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