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The universe makes certain decisions and on the basis of those decisions some people live and some people die. This is a harsh law.

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‘If God can do anything can he create a ditch so wide he can’t jump over it?’

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His cynical grin had about it the grin of death; he grinned like a triumphant skull.

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were. Here time turns into space. Wagner began Parsifal in 1845. He died in 1873, long before Hermann Minkowski postulated four-dimensional space-time [1908]. The source-basis for Parsifal consisted of Celtic legends, and Wagner’s research into Buddhism for his never-written opera about the Buddha to be called The Victors [Die Sieger]. Where did Richard Wagner get the notion that time could turn into space?)

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So if you superimposed the past (ancient Rome) over the present (California in the twentieth century) and superimposed the far future world of The Android Cried Me a River over that, you got the Empire, the Black Iron Prison, as the supra- or trans-temporal constant.

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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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‘The universe is what you make of it,’ Maurice said. ‘It’s what you do with it that counts. It’s your responsibility to do something life-promoting with it, not life-destructive.’ ‘That’s the existential position,’ Fat said. ‘Based on the concept that we are what we do, rather than, We are what we think. It finds its first expression in Goethe’s Faust, Part One, where Faust says, “Im Anfang war das Wort.” He’s quoting the opening of the Fourth Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word.” Faust says, “Nein. Im Anfang war die Tat.” “In the beginning was the deed.” From this, all existentialism comes.’

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They had acquired immortality through the plasmate which Fat had discussed in his tractate. Although the original apostolic Christians had been murdered, the plasmate had gone into hiding at Nag Hammadi and was again loose in our world, and as angry as a motherfucker, if you’ll excuse the expression.

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Thomas Disch?’

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‘To the Rhipidon Society,’ Fat said. We touched glasses. I said, ‘And our motto.’ ‘Do we have a motto?’ Kevin said. ‘ “Fish cannot carry guns”,’ I said. We drank to that.

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‘Gottesfreunde,’

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fourteenth century!’ ‘That’s right,’ Linda Lampton said. ‘The Friends of God formed originally in Basel. Finally we entered Germany and the Netherlands. You know of Meister Eckehart, then.’ Kevin said, ‘He was the first person to conceive of the Godhead in distinction to God. The greatest of the Christian mystics. He taught that a person can attain union with the Godhead – he held a concept that God exists within the human soul!’

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God can be good and terrible – not in succession – but at the same time. This is why we seek a mediator between us and him; we approach him through the mediating priest and attenuate and enclose him through the sacraments. It is for our own safety: to trap him with confines which render him safe.

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50. The name of the healthy twin, hypeniniverse I, is Nonuno. 2 The name of the sick twin, hypeniniverse II, is Yurugu. These names are known to tile Dogon people of western Sudan in Africa. 51. The primordial source of all our religions lies with the ancestors of the Dogon tribe, who got their cosmogony and cosmology directly from the three-eyed invaders who visited long ago. The three-eyed invaders are mute and deaf and telepathic, could not breathe our atmosphere, had the elongated misshapen skull of Ikhnaton, and emanated from a planet in the star-system Sinus. Although they had no hands, but had, instead, pincer daws such as a crab has, they were great builders. They covertly influence our history toward a fruitful end.