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"pull the wool over your own eyes" p.5

Woah. So this is a huge, modernized zen koan with surreal pictures and organized like a propagandistic religious pamphlet mixed with a snake oil catalogue. It isn't all ajoke though. As the Church claims its "a joke you can believe in".

In its more "serious" moments it espouses a sort of discordian daoism. The main goal of a SubGenius is to acquire Slack. Slack is pretty much Dao, amended for a chaotic universe and pathologically lazy, oppositional, or uncooperative people. Wikipedia accurately summarizes Slack: "Slack is about finding satisfaction with what you have and who you are, as opposed for searching for satisfaction in accomplishment." This is the most valuable actual philosophical point in the book imo.

In general the philosophy is very paradoxical. Glorifies truth and falsehood, life and death. Sometimes I feel like this is to poke fun at what religions do, and other times I feel like its trying to make a Postmodern point. If you asked one they'd probably say something trite to the effect of "its both and its neither hurr durr". But as awful as these noodly bastards are, they are sort of awfully correct if you just read what they *aren't quite* saying. Gah now I'm doing it goddamnit.

It somehow simultaneously satirizes abrahamic beliefs, conspiracy theories, new age beliefs, and itself. Postmodern junkies will enjoy this. Super kitschy, campy, and ironic. That, the DEVO references, and the pop-scientistic imagery makes it harken back to the days of New Wave.

Politically the Church favors free enterprise and what I'd dub hyper-anarcho-anarchism. More generally they favor any fanaticism or radicalism which opposes The Conspiracy.

liked the references to the Lovecraft mythos. Also note: this book claims to make you go insane if you really dig into it.

Eventually after reading I got bored with the repetitive absurdist mythology. The thing is also, if you read enough of it it starts to make sense and loses the full absurd flavor.

Thats my review.

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  • Publisher:Touchstone
  • File: 1.6 Mb
  • Ganre: Humor
  • Release: 01.05.1987
  • ISBN: 9780671638108
  • Pages 192
  • Rating: 4.1 (1669 votes)


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