In my writing I got so interested in fakes that I finally came up with the concept of fake fakes. For example, in Disneyland there are fake birds worked by electric motors which emit caws and shrieks as you pass by them. Suppose some night all of us sneaked into the park with real birds and substituted them for the artificial ones. Imagine the horror the Disneyland officials would feel when they discovered the cruel hoax. Real birds! And perhaps someday even real hippos and lions. Consternation. The park being cunningly transmuted from the unreal to the real, by sinister forces. For instance, suppose the Matterhorn turned into a genuine snow-covered mountain? What if the entire place, by a miracle of God’s power and wisdom, was changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, into something incorruptible? They would have to close down.
In Plato’s Timaeus, God does not create the universe, as does the Christian God; He simply finds it one day. It is in a state of total chaos. God sets to work to transform the chaos into order. That idea appeals to me, and I have adapted it to fit my own intellectual needs: What if our universe started out as not quite real, a sort of illusion, as the Hindu religion teaches, and God, out of love and kindness for us, is slowly transmuting it, slowly and secretly, into something real?
That perspective is opposite of ACIM. In the Course, its because God’s love that he doesn’t (that he can’t) recognize the unrealities we create. But I kind of like what PKD writes. He seems to be saying that the divine descent into matter isn’t a bad thing. Either way, you can’t hide from God. With the Course’s viewpoint, we can’t hide in unrealities because they’re unreal. With PKD’s viewpoint, we can’t hide in unrealities because God will find us even there. No matter how you cut it, God will find you out (It almost makes me paranoid).
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