"Howard, you mind
if I spread out here on the counter?
I gotta get these Post-Its collated...
Here are some of our latest findings:
We think Peking Man may be even more advanced than we originally thought. Not only did we discover bones and ashes which prove he cooked his meat, but we also found traces of what appears to be barbecue sauce.
When a person dies of thirst, their eyes tear up.
When a man gets hanged, he gets an erection, but when a woman gets hanged, the last thing on her mind is sex.
As soon as humankind began to discover the truth about itself, we began to find ways to cover up that truth. But maybe that's for the best: Our ability to delude ourselves may be an important survival tool.
At one point, Howard, we were hunters and gatherers and then seems like, all of a sudden, we became partygoers.
See, my space chums are concerned about our evolvement because they say we are all connected. Seems like there's some kind of cosmic crazy glue connecting everything to everything else. I'm living proof.
They started talking about a little something called 'interstellar-interspecies -sym-biosis'. To hold up my end of the conversation, I asked them to elaborate.
This led them to the Quantum Insepar-ability Principle, "Every particle effects every other particle everywhere." We all time share the same atoms.
"There is only one sky."
"That which is above is also in that which is below."
" What is there is also here."
My space chums are really quite concerned about the Stress Factor we are so susceptible to. They said to me, "Trudy, beyond any bio-force we have ever encountered, Human Nature is the most thought-stirring, neuro-numbing, heart-boggling of all."
Just as the whole chemistry of the ocean can be found in each drop of sea water, all the profound emotional polarities of Human Nature are crammed into each bio-container, or to use our term, 'human body'. It could be just too much for any one bio-container to grapple with.
Frankly, I think my space chums are showing signs of stress, too. Something they said makes me think they're planning on leaving here. They said they wanted to pick up a few souvenirs and some post cards. So I took 'em to some shops around Broadway and, frankly, I was embarrassed for my species. Everything was in such bad taste. But they understand; they said, "Earth is a planet still in it's puberty."
...This feeling went on and on and on and on. My space chums got a word for it, 'awe infinitum'. 'Cause at the moment you are most in awe of all you don't understand, you're closer to understanding it all then at any other time.
They think like me: "If evolution was worth its salt, it should've evolved something better than 'survival of the fittest'." Yeah, I think a better idea would be 'survival of the wittiest'. At least, that way, creatures that didn't survive coulda died laughing.
"According to my data, a turning point in evolution came when we began to reflect on ourselves. Wasn't long after that we began to lie to ourselves. Then came abstract thought. Quickly followed by our ability to jump to faulty conclusions. And our minds have been working that way more or less ever since."
'Course I don't ever want to sound negative about going crazy. 'Cause, frankly, goin' crazy was the best thing ever happened to me. I don't say it's for everybody; some people couldn't cope. But for me, it came at a time when nothing else seemed to be working. I got the kind of madness Socrates talked about: "A divine release of the soul from the yoke of custom and convention."
I refuse to be intimidated by reality anymore. After all, what is reality anyway? Nothin' but a collective hunch.
I made some studies: Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. (I could take it in small doses, but as a life style I found it too confining.)
See the human mind is kind of like...
... a piñata; when it breaks open, there's a lot of surprises inside. Once you get the pinata perspective, you see that losing your mind can be a peak experience."