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Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Empire Never Ended


This picture is called "The Empire Never Ended". It was drawn on a scrap of multi-purpose copy paper then cleaned up and colored with Photoshop. I have been reading the book "VALIS" by Philip K. Dick. The book is considered science fiction but really the story is about one mans quest to grasp the nature of reality. Anyhow one of the phrases that are repeated to the main character over and over is, "The Empire Never Ended". It's all very Big Brother like and since I'm a little paranoid anyway I find it fascinating. (Put this thought aside for a moment.)

Yesterday I went to eat lunch at this funky little cafe called Dots. I like the place because it's fun to watch all the hip, neo-gothic, thirty something people that hang out there, there's a good vegetarian menu and lots of cool kitsch all over the place. I'm very tactile. I love to pick things up so I can feel them as well as look at them. So a place with lots of odd little goodies to play with is heaven for me.

I sit down and on a shelf next to me is this weird looking diary. I pick it up and open it somewhere near the center to see what, if anything, has been written there. What was there was a pyramid much like the one above and underneath the pyramid was written... "The Empire Never Ended"!

Suddenly, all them hip, neo-gothic, thirty something people seemed to be staring at me. Suddenly I lost my appetite. Suddenly I feel like I'm living in a Philip K. Dick novel. Aren't these the kinds of events that make people on the edge slip into insanity I find myself thinking? This of course makes things seem even more like a Philip K. Dick novel. Someone get me out of here! I don't want to be written this way! I want to write my own story!

Are you paranoid? Too paranoid to leave some love?

24 Comments:

  • hey. wow. i was just writing about philip k. dick to a fellow blogger---reading: 'flow my tears, the policeman said'. pkd was brilliant, paranoid & not w/out humour. he wrote something on saul of tarsus/apostle paul -- about what happened to paul had he not had his roadside theophany & continued to ... um, kill the X-tians. very cool.

    By Blogger crosshatched, at 17:28  

  • o, not 'very cool' re killing x-tians -- i mean pkd's work.

    By Blogger crosshatched, at 17:29  

  • o, completely paranoid now btw :) -- LOVE

    By Blogger crosshatched, at 17:32  

  • i always get paranoid when pyramids sprout wings and start winking at me!

    By Anonymous catnapping, at 22:43  

  • Me paranoid? Never...Why do you say that. You are watching me aren't you. You and your little strange blogger friends... Always looking... and watching... And coming to watch me on my blog. Arghhhhhh!
    Paranoid Love.
    PS: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheeps?
    PPS: Why do you ask me that question... Are you still watching me? Borg Love

    By Blogger merlinprincesse, at 23:34  

  • Pathetic earthlings. Hurling your bodies out into the void, without the slightest inkling of who or what is out here. If you had known anything about the true nature of the universe, anything at all, you would've hidden from it in terror.

    Just a thought....

    love

    By Blogger Caroline, at 00:57  

  • that is too freaky...I think it could have something to do with Fritz, Fritz and THE MAN...watch your back THE MAN'S evil minions are everywhere! btw, it's not paranoia...it's just reality

    By Blogger Lee, at 03:22  

  • you must've found the secret haven for the Generation X Iluminati. You have been assimilated

    By Blogger Shane, at 05:29  

  • I agree with catnapping. There's something very Big Brotherish about your drawing. Can I solicit shamelessly for people to visit the BoB awards site? (If I could write VOTE FOR ME in some subliminal way I would, but hell, just vote for your favourite!)
    http://www.thebestofblogs.com/vote-here/

    extra love

    By Blogger andrea, at 10:44  

  • i'm not amused, i'm nervous.... eeee
    <3 love

    By Blogger MuseTigerBrooke, at 12:37  

  • I would like to shamelessly solicit unknown to please visit my blog!

    I thought for sure he'd tell us about his first kiss (or better yet, his very first kiss, ever.) but no. he never writes. he never calls.

    sniff

    By Blogger Catnapping, at 14:23  

  • yes! you are paranoid, unknown. i recall writing something about medication in my last comment to you and you scoffed. maybe reconsider? LOVE.

    By Blogger Beth, at 15:49  

  • crosshatched: Heh, heh. Thanks! I love PKD!
    love

    catnapping: Hmm... Good mushrooms?
    love

    merlinprincesse: Ha, ha! A fellow paranoid. :-)
    love

    caroline: I can hurl my body into the void because I am aware that I am the center of the universe. (Even though Hellcat would disagree.) :-)
    love

    lee: Of course! It was the Man! I forgot he was watching me!
    love

    shane: Wow! I finally hip enough to be a Gen-Xer! Wee Hee! Is that like the X-men?
    love

    andrea: Hmm... paranoids all. Go ahead and give a shameless plug. Wait... you already did. :-)
    love

    musetigerbrooke: :-)
    love

    catnapping: I know, I know. My schedule is just kind of crazy and I can't get any kind of routine going. I will try harder. No time right now though. I should have left the house to go to work five minutes ago. :-)
    love

    kimberly: No medical insurance. Alas.
    :-)
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 17:54  

  • I'm always paranoid, so I'm not leaving any love today.

    Detlef
    http://www.detlefjumpertz.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19:16  

  • detlef: Wait, no love but you'll leave your name and number?!
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 00:51  

  • Drink more coffee! It makes you invisible! That's why I'm never paranoid, I'm invisible. Have you seen the 22 love left I put on that page? That's because I drink coffee and I'm invisible...
    Invisible love

    By Blogger Clo, at 12:40  

  • clo: Invisible!? I think you have had enough coffee. You should switch to tequilia. Then you can be invincible!

    (I wrote love above but it was invisible.)
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 00:50  

  • ROTFLOLAHAHA! (As I said before that means: Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud And Having A Heart Attack.)
    VVL ...that means very visible love :@)

    By Blogger Clo, at 12:51  

  • clo: :-)
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 15:02  

  • Never read any PKD, but perhaps you'd like Robert Anton Wilson! Particularly the Illuminatus Trillogy. Lots of pyramids with eyes in that one.. ;-)

    By Blogger Chandira, at 15:57  

  • 'Valis'! Wow! I suppose you have also read 'The Divine Invasion' and more?

    By Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou, at 17:10  

  • chandira: I have read R.A.W. Why do you think I am so paranoid! :-)
    love

    chuang shyue chou: Yeah, I've read just about everything by PKD. A lot of it more than once. He's one of my favs.
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 15:56  

  • More on the Empire that never ended...

    I've just been reviewing my journals for last year...

    On 27th May I wrote about the similarity of Rome and its empire and the current state of the world and the US... this is not something I normally write about at all!

    That night I dreamt of a leg with an Egyptian eye drawn on it. (Again not a common dream for me...)

    On 30th May the little boy next door had a transfer of an Egyptian eye on his arm. (Something I'd never seen on him before or since...)

    Now I'd connected up the two eyes but had no idea that my unusual rambling on about Rome and the US was part of this synchronicity....


    So what does this all mean? Is it some bizarre marketing program for the book you mentioned? I've never read it... do I need to read it now?


    Help! Love!

    By Blogger Caroline, at 06:33  

  • caroline: This is how it all starts. Soon men in dark suits will be knocking on your door. Look Out! Heh, heh. Just kidding.
    Actually what's weird is that everything is connected and normally we just don't see it. Then when we do start to see some of those connections it makes us a little panicky. At least it does me.
    My advice relax drink some wine read the book. I don't know if the book will help but it's a good read. :-)
    love

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 01:29  

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