“Something is wrong. I don’t mean with you or me or with any person. I mean in general." --Ragle Gumm

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

First PKD Entry--The Limited Benefits of Sanity

This is the second incarnation of this site. The first dealt with the ambiguity between what is real and what is not, why existence rather than non-existence, human and non-human points of view, and existence on its own as a field in itself. I am also exploring these issues at two other sites: On the Way to Where You Already Are  and  Living a Galactic Life.

My credentials for engaging Philip K Dick are not academic but rather experiential. What I have in common with him is the willingness to step into an existence in which sanity and insanity are ambiguous. Those interested in how I can claim this kind of connection can look at the biographical vignettes on this site beginning here.

The purpose of the ensuing entries is to lean against the reader’s reality by engaging PKD’s writings. I will write pieces on his fiction, give thoughts on The Exegesis as I continue to read it, and endeavor to assist his readers to experience the ground state of their personal existence, including its terror. If reading Dick's writings doesn't leave the reader unsettled, then there are dimensions of the stories that remain to be explored. To get the full force of what he has created, one must risk one's own sanity by taking on reality directly.

Dick's writing is more than treasured story-telling, astonishing existential situations, and literary craftsmanship. He is one of an age, beyond religion, science, academics, commercialism, or the quotidian reality that is either boring people to death or murdering them in their sleep. To engage Philip K Dick's life and work is to stir existence places that have no name, creating for readers the opportunity to break loose from the death grip the mind places on reality.