Mar 05 2009

What’s the opposite of paranoia?

Well, I asked Google, and I found this metafilter page, which helpfully has an answer from one of my heroes, Robert Anton Wilson:

Robert Anton Wilson called it “metanoia”: Paranoia = “everything wants to destroy me”; Metanoia = “everything wants to help me”. I’m not sure if he was getting that somehow from John Lilly’s metanoia, RD Laing’s metanoia, the New Testament’s metanoia, or just made it up on his own.

Good enough for me.

It’s been seeming like the city’s been talking to me lately.  For instance, there must be an “Ian” that lives (or has lived) in Rogers Park before me, and he’s taken it upon himself to leave little notes stuck all around the city:

Found on a newspaper distribution box outside the Rogers Park Post Office, on W. Devon Ave.

Found on a newspaper distribution box outside the Rogers Park Post Office, on W. Devon Ave.

There’s another one stuck on a newspaper box right on the corner of Sheridan and Lunt as well.  I walk by it practically every day.

Then Tuesday night, I’m having a little bit of supper with some friends between classes, and what do I see as I’m walking out of the restaurant?

irishamericannews

It's actually called 'The Irish American News'.

So you got my attention, Universe.  What’s the message?

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