Everything is True, Nothing is Permitted
Look, if you're supposed to be a sandal-maker in a gypsy caravan and you're a stock analyst making $500,000 a year, you're unhappy. Be what you're supposed to be.
The truth cannot impose itself except by virtue of its own truth, as it makes its entrance into the mind at once quietly and with power.
I have come to tell you that you are free. Many ages ago, My consciousness left man, that he might develop himself. I return to find this development approaching completion, but hindered by fear and by misunderstanding.
--Eris, Goddess of Confusion
Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web.
--Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Let's look at the word Subgenius. It does not simply mean "just below a genius." SubG intelligence level can range far, far below genius. The Subgenius does not pretend to superknowledge but to subknowledge-- knowledge of the underthings, the hollow earth from whose darkness issue the Nazi Hell Creatures and other demons of the abyss. It is in contemplation of the underthings, the underwear lurking just below the clothing of existence, that the Subgenii display what genius they have. The study of this substratum, the foundation garment underlying reality, is the Subgenius's strength, for it is from this source that he or she taps the infinite resources of a force that is completely incomprehensible to humans: The Force of Slack.
--Dr. Howl, Arise! Subgenius Recruitment Video #16
The man who is friends with everyone is friends with no one.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Randy hadn't the faintest idea what these people thought of him and what he had done, but he could sense right away that, essentially that was not the issue because even if they thought he had done something evil, they at least had a framework, a sort of procedure manual, for dealing with transgressions. To translate it into UNIX system administration terms (Randy's fundamental metaphor for just about everything), the post-modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system (viz. society) with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo-Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with any deviations from what they saw as the norm. Wheras people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How-tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack. They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability.
--Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate... Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
The people, then and now, are helpless to arrive a a godly ideal. Their religious, political, and cultural resources, assembled from various icons, heroes, saints, ancestors, warriors, kings, or priests, fall short. How can virtuous people deal with each other? How can they construct prohuman social, economic, religious, and political systems? Can they imagine a prohuman military system, or is this term itself an oxymoron?
--Daniel Berrigan, Isaiah, Spirit of Courage, Gift of Tears
M2: Everything is true.
A faith; this is a necessity for man. Woe to him who believes nothing.
--Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Neal's Proverb: If I forgot my pants, there's no point in worrying about it.
Never trust a politican who talks about Jesus.
Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse.
There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation of data available to the so-called normal mind. This is one such period, if you haven't noticed already.
--Robert Anton Wilson,
The thought occurred to me that if men thought me a little insane they would forgive me if I lit out.
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.