Week of December 8th, 2022

Doing What We Love to Do

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My most recent book is Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia.

Below is an excerpt.

SORRY, I HAVE TO VENT

* I've told you a million times not to exaggerate.

* I really get antsy when you refuse to be patient.

* If you don't stop berating yourself, I'm going to have to cut you down to size.

* I hate it when you do something nice for me.

* Sure am feeling positive about my pessimism lately.

* “CALM DOWN!!!!”

* Stop being so agreeable.

* I can't stand it when people complain!

* I'm totally opposed to all duality, so if you're one of the 50% of the population that divides everything into us versus them, please stop.

* It's bad luck to be superstitious, so please refrain from turning logic into just another form of magical thinking.

* DAMN ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO CAN'T GET BEHIND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!!!!


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THE REAL SECRET OF MAGIC

"The real secret of magic is that the world is made of words," said Terence McKenna, "and that if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish."

Here's my version of that hypothesis: What world you end up living in depends at least in part on your use of language.

Do you want to move and breathe amidst infertile chaos where nothing makes sense and no one really loves anyone? Then speak with unconscious carelessness, expressing yourself lazily. Constantly materialize and entertain angry thoughts in the privacy of your own imagination, beaming silent curses out into eternity.

Or would you prefer to live in a realm that's rich with fluid epiphanies and intriguing coincidences and mysterious harmonies? Then be discerning and inventive in how you speak, primed to name the unexpected codes that are always being born right in front of your eyes. Turn your imagination into an ebullient laboratory where the somethings you create out of nothings are tinctured with the secret light you see in your dreams of invisible fire.

P.S. "The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words," wrote Philip K. Dick in his essay, "How to Build A Universe That Won't Fall Apart in Two Days."

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