Logic. Analysis. Criticism. Sometimes, the only function of these seems to be to remove any sort of mystery or wonder from the world.
And this often is, unfortunately, a first step. We do have do give up cherished beliefs. But there is no need to stop there.
This disenchantment is merely a removal of our false enchantments. As long as we cling to our quick cures, love-lorn logics, senses of soul, and desperate desire for immortality, as long as we stay in the sandbox with our simple magic spells, we miss a larger world around us.
The message of science and rationalism is not that there is no fairy tale. It is that human beings are not the centre of the tale. The dragon did not abduct our princess and the fey are unconcerned with our children. Magic only sees the marvels that are manipulated for ourselves. Science lets us look at wonders for their own sake, and so reveals so much more than the magical imagination could dream of.
We live in a world teeming with life, including single-celled organisms, massive creatures both past and present, things that strain any definitional limit we would place on life, and beings inhabiting the oddest and most inhospitable portions of the globe. Evolution may be as blind and clumsy as Cupid, but look at the mysterious world slowly shaped and moulded from such simple principles, created a unified family history of life binding us all together.
The utterly incomprehensible distances of the Universe, the massive furnaces which produce both all of our energy and our matter, spots of mass so dense that they literally bend space and time to their whim – these team with bizarre particle-waves defying all attempt at common-sense description in forming the entire world around us.
And that is merely the briefest of beginnings. Leave your imaginaries behind – not because they are fantastic, but because they are not fantastic enough. Following our initial desires and perceptions, we form security blankets for ourselves, comforting but devoid of aesthetic value. Critical, close observation lets us see the stories going on all around us.