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Preface

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Layers

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Chris comes in carrying a load of plates and glassware. Chris is okay in small doses. He tends to be very fixed in his opinions, so there’s really no point in trying to teach him anything until he is able to clear out some room in his head. His teacup is full, in the Zen sense; no room for anything else. That doesn’t stop me from teaching him though. It’s not my job to figure out where the words go once they leave my mouth. I’m sure Chris knows exactly why he’s here with us and I’m sure he’s wrong, but he’ll get what he came for despite not knowing what it is, and eventually he’ll leave with it though he’ll be disappointed because he didn’t get what he thought he came for. This is not terribly uncommon. I don’t know why Chris is here and I’m not all that interested. I don’t think about anyone’s reasons, real or imagined. That’s not my job. My job is to speak, to transmit, to say what I know. Reception is out of my hands. I have no interest in the results because I already know the results...............

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The Break-Out Archetype

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AHAB IS AN EXQUISITE CREATION, and a unique one. No other character in literature, philosophy or religion fulfills, even approximately, the description of the unknown archetype. Ahab not only fulfills it, he defines it.It is an archetype because it is a universal role in the human drama, transcending place, time and culture; common to all, accessible to all. It is the unknown archetype because the awakened state is an undiscovered and unsuspected country.It is the ultimate archetype because it is the final archetype, and it is final because it breaks out of the confines within.........

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16. Science: Our Blind Torchbearers

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There is no physical universe – period, full stop.

A ridiculous statement, perhaps, so it should be easy to disprove, but it can’t be disproven. Objective knowledge itself is impossible, meaning that science can never rise above non-probable conjecture. Hence, all science is obviously and inescapably pseudo-science.

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

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We talk about Moby-Dick. We often do. It’s something we have in common, the way she and William did. During my visit most of our conversations have revolved around Moby-Dick and the countless ways in which it makes more sense when the reader understands that it’s not about whales and whaling, or good and evil, or God and Satan, but simply about striking through the wall, about purity of intent, about a man in a life or death struggle for his freedom.

Hanging over all of our conversations has been the thing I’ve hinted at but haven’t stated; my second epiphany regarding Moby-Dick, the missing denouement. Figuring out what the book is really about is secondary to figuring out how triumphant and magnificently complete it really is. Moby-Dick isn’t a masterpiece, it’s the masterpiece. It’s the greatest story ever told once you understand the level at which it truly functions............. See All Chapters

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