QUOTE FOR 22 AUGUST 2003
“Reality is that which refuses to go away when I stop believing in it.”
Phillip K. Dick (1928-1982)
Science Fiction Author
ANOTHER QUOTE …
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
James Madison (1751 – 1836)
JUST ONE MORE …
“Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.”
Ann Landers (1918 – 2002)
U.S. Advice Columnist
It had been a few days since I’d quoted anyone so I decided to get caught up. Today I am thinking about the unreality of reality. It is so subjective but everyone interacts with it like there is some objective truth. Like Richard Bach’s Illusions, I think life is whatever one believes it is.
All of today’s quotes address the idea of reality. Phillip K. Dick (author of short stories I once read that became Blade Runner and Minority Report) relates to reality is a personal phenomenon that one cannot avoid. James Madison believes that we are so out of touch with the reality of our government that it erodes beneath our inattention. And, Ann Landers points to the disconnected realities in personal relationships. I am particularly fond of Ann Landers because she used to live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (near my hometown of Chippewa Falls and location of my alma mater UW-EC). Tangential connections to these people makes them somehow connected to my reality simply because they exist and live in my memory.