1 jun. 2014

Mis Subrayados: VALIS




De VALIS por Phillip K. Dick

VALIS (acronym of Vast Active Living Intelligence System, from an American film): A perturbation in the reality field in which a spontaneous self-monitoring negentropic vortex is formed, tending progressively to subsume and incorporate its environment into arrangements of information. Characterized by quasiconsciousness, purpose, intelligence, growth and an armillary coherence. – Great Soviet Dictionary Sixth Edition,
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One of God’s greatest mercies is that he keeps us perpetually occluded.
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Horselover Fat continued his insidious, long decline into misery and illness, the sort of chaos that astrophysicists say is the fate in store for the whole universe. Fat was ahead of his time, ahead of the universe. Eventually he forgot what event had started off his decline into entropy; God mercifully occludes us to the past as well as the future.
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Fat returned home by cab, afraid of his own car and wondering if he was nuts. He was, but so was everyone else.
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Let it be said that one of the first symptoms of psychosis is that the person feels perhaps he is becoming psychotic. It is another Chinese fingertrap. You cannot think about it without becoming part of it By thinking about madness.
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The first thing that came along to save him took the form of an eighteen-year-old high-school girl living down the street from him and the second was God. Of the two of them the girl did better.
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If God came in a poor second, at least he wasn’t doing anything illegal, as Stephanie was.
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The mentally disturbed do not employ the Principle of Scientific Parsimony: the most simple theory to explain a given set of facts. They shoot for the baroque.
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Journal entry #37. Thoughts of the Brain are experienced by us as arrangements and rearrangements – change – in a physical universe; but in fact it is really information and information-processing which we substantialize. We do not merely see its thoughts as objects, but rather as the movement, or, more precisely, the placement of objects: how they become linked to one another. But we cannot read the patterns of arrangement; we cannot extract the information in it – i.e. it as information, which is what it is. The linking and relinking of objects by the Brain is actually a language, but not a language like ours (since it is addressing itself and not someone or something outside itself).
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They ought to make it a binding clause that if you find God you get to keep him.
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‘The nature of things is in the habit of concealing itself.’
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Insane people – psychologically defined, not legally defined – are not in touch with reality. Horselover Fat is insane; therefore he is not in touch with reality. Entry #30 from his exegesis: The phenomenal world does not exist; it is a hypostasis of the information processed by the Mind. #35. The Mind is not talking to us but by means of us. Its narrative passes through us and its sorrow infuses us irrationally. As Plato discerned, there is a streak of the irrational in the World Soul.
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A lot can be said for the infinite mercies of God, but the smarts of a good pharmacist, when you get down to it, is worth more.
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When you are crazy you learn to keep quiet.
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Patients in a mental hospital can never figure out why people from the outside smile. To me, it remains a mystery to this day.
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1) Those who agree with you are insane. 2) Those who do not agree with you are in power.
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1) Some of those in power are insane. 2) And they are right.
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 I’ve always told people that for each person there is a sentence – a series of words – which has the power to destroy him. When Fat told me about Leon Stone I realized (this came years after the first realization) that another sentence exists, another series of words, which will heal the person. If you’re lucky you will get the second; but you can be certain of getting the first: that is the way it works. On their own, without training, individuals know how to deal out the lethal sentence, but training is required to deal out the second. Stephanie had come close when she made the little ceramic pot Oh Ho and presented it to Fat as her gift of love, a love she lacked the verbal skills to articulate.
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My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.’        (1 John 3:1-2.)
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‘Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, it doesn’t go away.’
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Masochism is more widespread than we realize because it takes an attenuated form. The basic dynamism is as follows: a human being sees something bad which is coming as inevitable. There is no way he can halt the process; he is helpless. This sense of helplessness generates a need to gain some control over the impending pain – any kind of control will do. This makes sense; the subjective feeling of helplessness is more painful than the impending misery. So the person seizes control over the situation in the only way open to him: he connives to bring on the impending misery; he hastens it. This activity on his part promotes the false impression that he enjoys pain. Not so. It is simply that he cannot any longer endure the helplessness or the supposed helplessness. But in the process of gaining control over the inevitable misery he becomes, automatically, anhedonic (which means being unable or unwilling to enjoy pleasure). Anhedonia sets in stealthily.
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But technically he had become a Buddha. It did not seem to me like a good idea to let him know. After all, if you are a Buddha you should be able to figure it out for yourself.
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Thanatos can assume any form it wishes; it can kill eros, the life drive, and then simulate it. Once thanatos does this to you, you are in big trouble; you suppose you are driven by eros but it is thanatos wearing a mask.
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Tied to him the two corpses cried for rescue – cried even though they had died. The cries of the dead are terrible indeed; you should try not to hear them.
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‘But intellectually thinking it is one thing,’ Fat said, ‘and finding out it’s true is other.
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An irruption from the collective unconscious, Jung taught, can wipe out the fragile individual ego. In the depths of the collective the archetypes slumber; if aroused, they can heal or they can destroy. This is the danger of the archetypes; the opposite qualities are not yet separated. Bipolarization into paired opposites does not occur until consciousness occurs.
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The gentle sounds of the choir singing ‘Amen, amen’ are not to calm the congregation but to pacify the god.
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Too much medication, I said to myself, remembering Paracelsus, is a poison. This man has been healed to death.
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