The story is going around the blogs that Robert Anton Wilson passed away. For those who haven’t heard of him, he was a writer who wrote some truly bizarre shit, as well as some philosophy and so on which turned out to be surprisingly deep. Hell of a sense of humor. Real impact on me when I was younger. Probably still to this day.
Anyway, this just makes me think of the time about ten years ago when a rumor started going around that he was dead; he even had obits showing up in newspapers. It took years to get it fully straightened out that no, in fact, he was still alive. So there’s part of me that secretly wonders if he’s going to come back from the dead this time, too. Another part of me realizes that this is pretty Messianic thinking… but if this world is going to get hit with a messiah, I suppose it could do a hell of a lot worse.
(The part of me that’s a good Jew is wondering about why other parts of me describe the coming of the messiah as something that the world could get hit by, rather than something that “I look forward to… with perfect faith, though he may tarry.” The part of me that knows history thinks that “inflict” is a pretty good verb to use with “messiah.” The part of me that’s watching this many parts of me yell at each other thinks that RAW would find that pretty appropriate.)