Llixgrijb’s Masterpiece

The essay below is taken from a book called ‘The Jamais Vu Papers’ that is an odd book, but does contain this gem.

 

…Meanwhile, outside of time and space, Llixgrijb started working on its greatest achievement: a universe with height, width, depth, and time… a universe with the illusion of chronological history. And it created imaginary entities for its entertainment… imaginary entities like yourself, patient reader! And it observed this delightful illusion with wonder.

 

But Llixgrijb was afraid.

 

“Suppose my creatures discover that they are only phantoms,” wondered Llixgrijb. “Suppose they become aware of me, their creator. Suppose they learn that I am the only reality. A phantom aware of its own nonexistence – is a nothing, that’s all! These lovely creatures of mine will simply collapse into the recesses of my imagination, just like all the failed universes which preceded them.”

 

Llixgrijb could not allow that to happen.
So Llixgrijb devised its masterstroke … ignorance!

 

Yes, Llixgrijb determined that ignorance must be the glue which held its cosmos together, the fire which gives its creatures life. And the sure way to keep ignorance alive was to send knowledge forever chasing its own tail…

 

“Rationality, the seeming means of escaping ignorance, will actually lead my creatures deeper into confusion,” decreed Llixgrijb. “It will take them further away from me, further away from the truth about themselves!”

 

But to introduce Rationality into its cosmos, Llixgrijb also had to allow its opposite: intuition. Llixgrijb shuddered at what might happen if all its creatures simply stopped reasoning and paused to sense its presence. Rationality was Life, the ultimate illusion. Intuition was Death, the ultimate reality…

 

Desperate to preserve ignorance against the forces of intuition, Llixgrijb created Institutions of HIgher Education.

 

“There!” said Llixgrijb with a note of fleeting satisfaction. “That ought to do it!”

 

But even so, Llixgrijb was discontented…
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