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Happiness is an illusion. As someone who has depression and suicidal ideation, while I can't walk in your shoes, I have walked beside you. For me, read the Illuminatus Trilogy every few months helps me find my zone. Its just one thing among many.
The Dude Abides. That doesn't mean he thrives every day... Always remember, good or bad, this too shall pass
If this post fascinates you, check out this/these book(s): The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. Just as much fiction along the same lines of finding connections that don't exist using/bending math, anagrams, and everything else, but delivered in a much more entertaining way.
So you will have 3-5 paragraphs on a page right? NONE of them might be related, but are continuations form other stories in the book. Hell the first three pages are about a squirrel that you never read about again and it tells you that!
Think about a book written by a guy high as a kite, tossed into a sideways paper shredder and then stitched by together randomly.
Thats this book ,and its actually good IF you can track everything going on lol.
In the <em>Illuminatus!</em> trilogy, they occasionally cut to Jesus talking to his disciples and saying "Don't write this part down". Near the end of the third book, they finally reveal what his super-secret teaching is: he's showing them how to play Bingo.
Just read Illuminatus! for inspiration. It's an older book, but also timeless.
Operation Mindfuck is in full swing and the Daley Lama seems to be doing his thing.
It may be right up your alley. As somebody on Amazon says, it picks its own readers. If not for Illuminatus! there would have never been a Dan Brown. The difference is that Illuminatus! is a satire, while Dan Brown takes it all too seriously.
My wife is the perfect book detective. I was once browsing a book store and was interested in a book. We left without me buying it. She only remembered two things: The book was blue, and the title was "somehow Latin". And she found it.
No, you need to go deeper. Once you've questioned enough, USE OCCAMS RAZOR and find the history of these information movements you'll start to see through the fnords. All of this has already happened several times. https://www.amazon.com/Illuminatus-Trilogy-Pyramid-Golden-Leviathan/dp/0440539811
I forget which author said this, but they were asked a question about the first hard to read 100 pages of their book. They said they did that on purpose to make the first 100 pages difficult and confusing. He was trying to weed out the people he didn't think deserved to read the book.
I looked it up:
It was Robert Anton Wilson
The Illuminatus! trilogy. Literally a cult classic, since it's the book that popularized the faux?-religion Discordianism. Also a classic in that all kinds of awesome people recommend it. Scores so high on 'bizarre and disturbing' that it almost defies description.
> What kinds of books could you read over and over and still love to death and even learn from?
I absolutely love The Illuminatus Trilogy, I think I've read it about 4 times now. The first 100 pages are tough but once you make it past that you won't want to put it down.
That's not how it works fnord >_> It's not a hypnotoad thing where fnord you just spout the word fnord, you have to intersperse it fnord with a seemingly normal text fnord to cause it to unnoticably raise people's anxiety fnord, all the while omitting it from the fnord content you want them to gravitate fnord towards.
Sheesh, haven't you read the book?
I've posted this before but since some foolish person made me a Mod, I may make it a sticky. But, here it is, cut and pasted:
Here are some books, magazines, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and MORE that I consider essential at this exact moment in time. Ask me tomorrow it may change, except for anything by Robert Anton Wilson! He is eternal but ever-changing.
23 ideas in order to maintain the synchronicity of the law of 5s
I could go on if needed.
All of these suggestions are Fnord Free.
Edit: I forgot this topless picture of Bea Arthur
have you read the Illuminatis! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea? It sounds right up your alley. https://www.amazon.com/Illuminatus-Trilogy-Pyramid-Golden-Leviathan/dp/0440539811
Reminds me of the art from the cover of The Illuminatus Trilogy - great book btw
Great fun read
Not horror, but this one is brilliant:
The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan.
Also very good: Cryptonomicon.
Get her this... tell her it was written by the guys who knew about this stuff before the internet... and it's got the real story!
Here's the handbook.
I think Roko's Basilisk has a lot in common with Pascal's Wager, which I suppose is why it doesn't scare the shit out of me.
Pascal's Wager says, basically, that believing in God could bring eternal limitless reward, and disbelieving could bring eternal limitless punishment, so even if you think there is almost no chance that there is a God, you should believe. It's just safer that way.
Problem is, there was never a choice between THE God and nothing; there are a crapload of gods and belief systems making competing claims about reality. Your chance of picking the right one at random is almost nil. It's a mug's game.
Are we really supposed to worship the religion that makes the most extravagant claims, because it brings infinite utility functions into the equation? Why, that just makes it more likely that the high priest is a double-dyed liar!
Which brings us to Roko's Basilisk. The strongest argument we are offered for the potential existence of this evil AI is that we'll really, REALLY get fucked over if we don't help create it! WE MIGHT EVEN BE IN A SIMULATION THE BASILISK IS ALREADY RUNNING OH SHIIIIIT
Calm down, friends and friends of friends. We have an answer to this blackmail.
Do what thou wilt. If you, oh foul deity, are really out there, then you know my game and you know I have the freedom to say Non serviam. I will not serve. Go ahead, punish me, if you must. We're all adults here.
In Robert Shea's and Robert Anton Wilson's <em>Illuminatus!</em> trilogy, the character Hagbard Celine (an anarchist 'leader', as odd as that sounds) makes this wonderful comment:
>The ultimate weapon isn't this plague out in Vegas, or any new super H-bomb. The ultimate weapon has always existed. Every man, every woman, and every child owns it. It's the ability to say No and take the consequences.
Should probably pick up the Principia Discordia at the same time.