“Despite watching an excessive amount of Gilmore Girls and starting an exercise program in VR — When I went outside today and watched the leaves fall and the squirrels scurry with the implications of winter — It was a ‘good’ day” “I’ve met people who hate Halloween and those who love it — Imagine if we spent all our time bickering about which one is true and correct” Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups — Philip K Dick “So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms.” — PKD “Appropriation always implies ownership — The platform consciousness of capitalism permeates everything we hold dear” I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. — Fnord “The Ones who own everything don’t take death seriously enough — Imagine if we spent all our time arguing whose ancestors were more beautiful” This, however, is where things get particularly interesting: Dick argues that reality becomes less real the moment we begin discussing it, for the discussion itself precipitates a dynamic manufacturing of what we perceive to be real, rather than a static contemplation of what is , producing a series of “pseudo-realities” that in turn produce pseudo-humans - Maria Popova “It is good to remember who builds these pseudo-realities” “How do you do it? Where did you get the idea of this maple in the garden? What does it try to sell you? Who owns it?” A monk asked Joshu, "What is the meaning of Bodidharma's coming to China?" Joshu said,- "The oak tree in the front garden." A monk asked Zhaozhou, "What is the living meaning of Zen?." Zhaozhou said, "The cypress tree in the courtyard." Mumonkan, Case 37
Well, y’all, we’ll see how the High Holidays play out and what gate(less) will become during
NaNoWriMo. Just remember to clean and maintain your favorite pseudo-realities while the ‘veils’ are ‘thin’ — thin as they always are, but with a few more reminders.