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"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it . . ."

"The two basic topics that fascinate me are

'What is reality?'


'What constitutes the authentic human being?' "

"How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later"
included in Shifting Realities, page 260

"The authentic human being is one of us who instinctively knows what he should not do, and in addition, he will balk at doing it. He will refuse to do it, even if this brings down dread consequences to him and to those whom he loves. This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. Their deeds may be small and are almost always unnoticed, unmarked by history. Their names are not remembered, nor did these authentic humans expect their names to be remembered. I see their authenticity in an odd way: not in their willingness to perform great heroic deeds but in their quiet refusals. In essence, they cannot be compelled to be what they are not."

"How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later"
included in Shifting Realities, page 278

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This was beginning with God and the duty of every faithful monk would be to repeat every day with chanting humility the one never-changing event whose incontrovertible truth can be asserted. But we see now through a glass darkly, and the truth, before it is revealed to all, face to face, we see in fragments (alas, how illegible) in the error of the world, so we must spell out its faithful signals even when they seem obscure to us and as if amalgamated with a will wholly bent on evil."

-- The first paragraph of The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco.

Sounds like PKD to me, although as far as I know neither of the men (has) had any influence on the other,
but of course both (have) read many of the same source works and (have) had many concerns in common.

(English verb tenses don't seem well adapted to comparing currently living and dead people.)

Salvador Dali once quipped, "The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad."

I think that if PKD took his experiences as seriously as he evidently did, he must have been mad.
Functional, but mad.

Cf. William Blake, for example.


-- it doesn't go away.

This page is respectfully dedicated to Jane Charlotte Dick