This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.
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The ultimate consequence of this drift is the fatal ennui that now permeates Western Civilization. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. If this can happen, then we will make a new world. There is no end to this bootstrapping process. The future of the human mind and body and the future of humans together is endlessly bright. Without the meaning one has only little mouth noises. I just mean that through press releases and soundbites and the enforced idiocy of television, the drama of a dying world has been turned into a soap opera for most people.
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Without regret. Create your own roadshow. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams. And, indeed, this image, sickeningly Orwellian, applies to the mass of human beings now living in the high-tech industrial democracies. Their authenticity lies in their ability to obey and follow mass style changes that are conveyed through the media.
Immersed in junk food, trash media, and crypto-fascist politics, they are condemned to toxic lives of low awareness. Sedated by the prescripted daily television fix, they are a living dead, lost to all but the act of consuming. You still wear your religious assumptions, your prejudices, your fears, your illusions, your delusions. In other words we have to return to first premises. The entire enterprise of culture is this illusion of language. Homer was as sick with it as Heidegger. What we have to do is reach past to some kind of experience. You have to take them. We were both contacted by the same unspeakable something.
Two madmen dancing, not together, but the same dance anyhow. Truth or madness, you be the judge. What is trying to be expressed is this: The world is not real. Reality is not stranger than you suppose, it is stranger than you can suppose.
Time is not what you think it is. It receives time: the negative terminal, so to speak. See also "If there is to be immortality, there must be another kind of time: one in which past events i. I did experience such a time. And 2 the information element; consisting of two parts: set and ground. Appearances are a vast and interlocking lie. He saw that the world of was a fiction and behind that fiction was the world of AD Anyhow the man was a SF writer and a scholar of classical philosophy, he could not be expected to stay in touch with arcane discoveries beginning to take place on the frontiers of research mathematics.
But he got very close, his intuition was red hot when he reached the conclusion that a unified abstract structure lay behind the shifting always tricky casuistry of appearances. The concept he needed was that of fractals and fractal mathematics. The principle of self similarity. Phil was right, time is not a linear river. He was right, the Empire never ended. Parallel universes is too simple a concept to encompass what is really going on.
The megamacrocosmos is a system of resonances, of levels, of endlessly adumbrated fun-house reflections. PKD really was Thomas and Elijah and all the other precursive concrescences that came together to make the cat-loving fat man who compacted trash into gold.
The logic of being that he sought, and largely found, was not an either-or logic but a both-and and and-and kind of logic. One cannot learn these things. One can only be told these things.
Nature and Reality
And it is the Logos that does the telling. The key is in the I Ching , which Phil loved and used but which occupies a disappointingly small fraction of his ruminations in the Exegesis.
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Time is a fractal, or has a fractal structure. All times, moments, months and millennia, have a pattern; the same pattern. This pattern is the structure within which, upon which, events "undergo the formality of actually occurring," as Whitehead used to say. The pattern recurs on every level. A love affair, the fall of an empire, the death agony of a protozoan, all occur within the context of this always the same but ever different pattern. All events are resonances of other events, in other parts of time, and at other scales of time.
The mathematical nature of this pattern can be known. The raw material, the Ur text, out of which this mathematical pattern can be drawn is the King Wen sequence of the I Ching. That is where the secret lies.
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