Mechanism of Illusion

Woody Allen was wrong. Time isn’t so that everything doesn’t happen at once; everything doesn’t happen at once so that the magician can place his assistants intricately enough that once the illusion is orchestrated, no assistant will remember that he’s in a trick, part of the mechanism of illusion.

I repeat a joke from IonaArc.

Mission: To argue that the world may be illusion but kleptocratic illusion is man-made, man-maintained.

Woody Allen was wrong. Time isn’t so that everything doesn’t happen at once; everything doesn’t happen at once so that the magician can place his assistants intricately enough that once the illusion is orchestrated, no assistant will remember that he’s in a trick, part of the mechanism of illusion.

You won’t appreciate my little jeux properly without knowing Allen’s great bit on Emily Dickinson’s Hope as “the thing with feathers.”

“Emily Dickinson was wrong. ‘Hope’ is not the ‘thing with feathers.’ The thing with feathers turns out to be my nephew. I must take him to a specialist in Zurich.”

The Dickinson is so wonderful!


“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers —
That perches in the soul —
And sings the tune without the words —
And never stops — at all —”
thanx blaine.org


I also cite a blog comment:

Pher said

I really like this statement. Is it an isolated observational comment, or is it related to your faith of churchs post? Either way, while I will never remember it well enough to quote it, it will color my thinking from now on.

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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