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As a child, I found the adult world utterly terrifying and inexplicable, and had only one prayer to the universe: grant me wisdom. Born into the Age of the Hashishin, I had yet to grok how adults are socialized to believe that black is white, that up is down. Whom do you believe, me or your eyes?, sez the mustashioed man with the cigar. I simply knew none of it made any damn sense at all. And whenever I expressed my disbelief, it would be heralded with "wisdom out of the mouth of babes!" For me, it seemed common sense, neither particularly wise nor profound. Obvious, really. Not that it changed anything, however. What cruel joke was being played here?

Yet relief was at hand. For all the nightmares they provoked, Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass saved my young sanity. They bridged the gap between innocence and Orwell. Wake up, Neo. It's always tickling at the edges of the collective unconcsious though few bother to scratch. But it’s not one red pill, but a lifetime of awakening, of constantly slaking one’s thirst to touch reality, even briefly, if that is at all possible. A dark and twisting path that leads down yet into the light. All these years later, and I’m still chasing the white rabbit.

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the_angelus
Jan. 27th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
You say Alice, I say Elmer. :-)
ajrose93
Jan. 27th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
Heh heh heh heh
Shhhh...I'm hunting snarks

heh heh heh

-- Elmer Phunk
senryu
Jan. 27th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
I heard he's taking the day off for a little west and wewaxation.
ajrose93
Jan. 27th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
This is so beautiful.

I just adore you. :*

-- Tha Hozebaind
senryu
Jan. 27th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. Not in the same league as yours (which was foookin' brilliant!), but heartfelt nonetheless.
ledasgirl
Jan. 28th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
Martin Gardner's Annotated Alice (http://www.wwnorton.com/catalog/fall99/alice.htm)
blew my mind when I read it many many years ago.

I, too, have always been an Alice-addict, but when I read Gardner's brilliant, complex decoding of all the mathematics in the book, well... I remember the section where he talks about looking glass milk-- where Alice wonders if it would be bad for her to drink looking-glass milk because it's from the other side.

Gardner launches into a discussion of matter and anti-matter and what would happen if the two were to meet. Drink looking-glass milk, Alice go BOOM!~
senryu
Jan. 28th, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
So much brilliance to go so little noticed. Thank you for the reference to a code worth investigating. When it comes to math, I get that "deer in front of the Peterbilt" look that comes with math anxiety. I love complexity unless it comes with numbers attached.
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