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Imperial Breakdown

What would you think of a man who not only kept an arsenal in his home, but was collecting at enormous financial sacrifice a second arsenal to protect the first one? What would you say if this man so frightened his neighbors that they in turn were collecting weapons to protect themselves from him?

What if this man spent ten times as much money on his expensive weapons as he did on the education of his children?

What if one of his children criticized his hobby and he called that child a traitor and a bum and disowned him? And he took another child who obeyed him faithfully and armed that child and sent it out into the world to attack neighbors?

What would you say about a man who introduces poisons into the water he drinks and the air he breathes?

What if this man not only is feuding with the people on his block but involves himself in the quarrels of others in distant parts of the city and even in the suburbs?

Such a man would clearly be a paranoid schizophrenic... with homicidal tendencies.


- Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminatus! Trilogy

2 Comments:

At Friday, January 27, 2006, Blogger vper1 said...

Ah, this man is my neighbor. I tried obtaining a restraining order for my own safety but, the judge thought I would be quite safer having him around. This is due to the fact that a rampant group of nefarious suburbanites only known as, "The Johnsons" could "strike" at any moment. I've never met any of "The Johnsons", but just yesterday at the town hall gathering a video was shown depicting several derelicts stomping all over some poor person's geraniums. It has now come to my attention that "The Johnsons" are notorious for garden-smashing. And that the word "strike" could also mean relentless sabotage towards greenery.

Needless to say I'm now quite happy to have this gun-toting neighbor of mine around. No more fear of my precious storksbill being trampled. Of course my protection comes at a price, which is every now and then my neighbor gets to peer through my bedroom window while I have relations with the Mrs. This is only to keep me safe of course. After all I could be conspiring with a "Johnson".

 
At Friday, January 27, 2006, Blogger jc said...

weird, he's yr neighbor. i only know him from books read years ago. he seems pretty level-headed. in the books that is.

 

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