The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Thursday, April 07, 2005
ROBERT ANTON WILSON ON THE TERRI SCHIAVO MEMO, THE BULGARIAN CONNECTION, AND OTHER CURRENT EVENTS:
Facts are not presented to us, waving signs saying "We are the facts." We make facts by organizing appearances into reality-tunnels that suit our present needs, our problems-to-be-solved, our fears and fantasies, and our prejudices.

And just as the Funadmentalist Materialist classifies as "fact" that which fits his model, and dismisses as "mere appearance" that which does not fit, so, too the Fundamentalist Thomist mechanically accepts what fits the Thomist model and mechanically rejects what does not fit -- and similar mechanisms perpetuate the Fundamentalist Samoan tike-worship reality-tunnel, and the Fundamentalist racist reality-tunnel, and the Fundamentalist male chauvinist reality-tunnel, and the Fundamentalist Ohio Presyberian Republican reality-tunnel, and the Fundamentalist Iranian Islamic reality-tunnel...

But the trouble with fundamentalists...is also what is most attractive about them. I mean their modesty, their almost saintly humility. Nietzsche said once that we are all greater artists than we realize, but fundamentalists are too timid to think of themselves as great artists. They take no credit for what they have invented; they assume they have no part in the creation and maintenance of the Idols they worship. Like the paranoid -- very much like the paranoid, in fact -- they devise baroque and ingenious Systems, and define them as "Given." They then carefully edit all impressions to conform to the System. There is no vanity, no vanity at all, in people who are so intensely creative and so unwilling to recognize their own cleverness.
(from
The New Inquisition, 1986)


posted by Jesse 12:35 PM
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