The True Laws Which Govern Earth (most if not all of them)
(N.B. Yeah, I know, how can there be laws which govern the Earths when there are no absolutes? You may need to do some rereading.) –F
THE FIRST HORSEMEN'S LAW
There are vaults above Heaven, and gulfs beneath the Gulfs.
BALLARD'S FIRST LAW
Continuous consciousness is more than the brain can stand.
--James Graham Ballard (1930 - ), from 'Manhole 69,' copyright 1957 by Nova Publications Ltd.
BALLARD'S SECOND LAW
The psychotic never escapes from anything. He's much more sensible. He merely readjusts reality to suit himself.
BALLARD'S THIRD LAW
If enough people believe in you, it's a sure sign you'll end up nailed to a cross.
--from KINGDOM COME, copyright 2006 by the author
JUVENAL'S FIRST LAW
There is nothing godlike power will refuse to believe of itself by way of commendation.
--Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis (C.E. 65-140), from Satire IV
JUVENAL'S SECOND LAW
Wisdom imposes limits, even upon virtue.
--from Satire VI
JUVENAL'S THIRD LAW
Instead of what pleases us, the gods will give us what is most appropriate in each case. Man is dearer to them than he is to himself.
--from Satire X
JUVENAL'S FOURTH LAW
Fortune has no divinity, could we but see it; it's we, we who make her a goddess, and set her in the heavens.
--from Satire X
JUVENAL'S FIFTH LAW
Easy work to ignore the testimony of the Gods in Heaven— provided no mortal finds out.
--from Satire XIII
JUVENAL'S SIXTH LAW
Nature never says one thing and Philosophy another.
--from Satire XIV
Wisdom and folly are but differences in degree.
--Austin Osman Spare (1888-1956)
All ideas are the shadows of truth.
--Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), from Il Candelario
THE HORSEMEN'S OTHER LAW
The only difference between the betrayer and the betrayed are that each follows a different set of orders.
When belief in a god dies, the god dies.
--from the Preface to DEATHBIRD STORIES, copyright 1978 by Harlan Ellison (1935- )
THE LAW OF MONUMENTS
UND IHR HABT DOCH GESIEGT ("And you were victorious, after all")
--From the Holocaust Memorial, Graz, Austria, designed by Hans Haacke
LISSNER'S FIRST LAW
There is a mysterious link between the past and present. Only G-d, who can see across time, knows that there is no such thing as yesterday, today or tomorrow; that our whole notion of time is a delusion because we are mortal and our lives have a beginning and an end; that we all are contemporaries of Tiberius, the Emperor whose reign saw the crucifixion of Christ; and we are also contemporaries of those who will be alive a thousand years hence and who will, given the opportunity, nail Christ to the cross once again.
--Ivar Lissner, from the Introduction, POWER AND FOLLY: THE STORY OF THE CAESARS. Copyright 1958 by the author
LISSNER'S SECOND LAW
Any process of enlargement, aggrandizement and expansion automatically leads towards disintegration.
--Ivar Lissner, Ibid.
Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.
--Ray Bradbury (1920- ), from "The Meadow," copyright 1952, 1953, by the author
THE HORSEMEN'S 'OTHER' OTHER LAW
It takes a certain number of persons who believe a thing to make it real and true. This number is unknown. At this writing.
McKENNA'S FIRST LAW
Reality is not stranger than you suppose, it's stranger than you can suppose.
--Terence McKenna (1946-2000), from his essay "I Understand Philip K. Dick," copyright 1991 by the author
McKENNA’S SECOND LAW
The real truth is spread and splintered throughout time.
Religions wear out. They do not always continue to respond to the innermost or doubt-filled questionings of their followers, even though the routine of ritual allows them to carry on from day to day. But official or ambient terrorism, of the law or activists of a new and soon dominant religion, also assumes the mission of persuading the last recalcitrants by forceful means.
--Robert Turcan (1940- ), from The Gods of Ancient Rome, copyright 1998 by the author; Hachette Literatures, Paris, France
In every direction, the walls of life are tiled with such facts so that you can never account for them all, only note some of the more conspicuous ones.
--Saul Bellow(1913 – 2006), from Ravelstein; copyright 2000 by the author
The inert universe may have a quality we can call logic. But logic is a human attribute, after all; so even at that it's a misnomer. What are real are the cross-purposes.
--from 'V,' copyright 1963 by Thomas Pynchon (1937 - )
- Lest you should think that verse shall die
- Which sounds the silver Tiber along,
- Taught on the wings of Truth to fly
- Above the reach of vulgar song...
- Sages and chiefs long since had birth
- Ere Caesar was, or Homer nam'd,
- These raised new empires o’er the earth
- And those, new heavens and systems fram'd.
- Vain was the chief's, the sage's pride!
- They had no poet, and they died.
- In vain they schemed, in vain they bled!
- They had no poet, and are dead.
--Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 – 8 B.C.E.) from The Odes, IV, 9; liberally adapted by Alexander Pope
THE HORSEMEN'S NEXT LAW
All unanswerable questions are unanswerable because they are invalid.
BRUCE'S FIRST LAW
"Now, Christ and Moses are in Heaven. Now I don't know where that is. I know it's not up there, because I believe that the earth revolves. So you can go to Heaven at 12:07, and to Hell at 6:30! ...That'd be a great name for a book, Hell is to the Left..."
--Lenny Bruce (1926-1966) , Carnegie Hall, January 22, 1961
BRUCE'S SECOND LAW
"There is no right and wrong. There's only need."
THE HORSEMEN'S NEXT LAW AFTER THAT
In Heaven all things are true; on Earth, only their echoes. In Hell all is false.
BAUDRILLARD'S FIRST LAW
Imagine the amazing good fortune of the generation that gets to see the end of the world. This is as marvelous as being there in the beginning
--Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007)
BAUDRILLARD'S SECOND LAW
History that repeats itself turns to farce. Farce that repeats itself turns to history.
- No single thing abides; but all things flow.
- Fragment to fragment clings – the things thus grow.
- Until we know and name them. By degrees.
- They melt, and are no more the things we know.
- Observe this dew-drenched rose of Tyrian grain
- A rose today. But you will ask in vain
- Tomorrow what it is; while yesterday
- It was the dust, the sunshine and the rain.
--Titus Lucretius Carus (95-52 B.C.E.) from "No Single thing Abides," after Heraclitus
You can't live in this world but there's no place else to go.
--Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), from THE DHARMA BUMS, copyright 1955 by Jack Kerouac
DE CHAMFORT'S LAW
No people is benefited by a king's reign which goes on too long. I have heard that G-d is eternal... which says it all.
--Baron Sebastian de Chamfort (1740-1794 C.E.)
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD'S FIRST LAW
Our repentance is not so much for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may occur to us in consequence.
--Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), from Maxims (1665)
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD'S SECOND LAW
Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
THE HORSEMEN'S NEARLY PENULTIMATE LAW
The only true Paradise is the unexamined one.
HITCHEN'S FIRST LAW
Utopia can only ever be approached across a sea of blood, and you never actually get there.
--Peter Hitchens, in The Mail On Sunday, June 4, 2014
HITCHEN'S SECOND LAW
In this world you either have an empire or you're part of someone else's.
--Peter Hitchens on GOING UNDERGROUND, RT UK, February 10, 2014
CROWLEY'S FIRST LAW
The universe is the practical joke of the general at the expense of the particular.
--Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), from THE BOOK OF LIES (1913); chapter 14, "Onion Peelings"
CROWLEY'S SECOND LAW
The truth is beyond any statement of it.
--Ibid., from the Commentary in the 1992 edition
PHILIP K. DICK'S LAW
...I think I know why we are on this Earth; it's to find out that what you love the most will be taken away from you, probably due to an error in high places rather than by design.
--Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) from THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER, copyright 1982 by The Estate of Philip K. Dick
THE HORSEMEN'S PENULTIMATE LAW
When your time arrives, everywhere upon all the Earths becomes Samarra.
NEWTON'S THREE LAWS OF DYNAMICS
- A body at motion tends to remain in motion unless acted upon by an exterior force.
- The relation between an object's mass (m), its acceleration (a), and the applied force (F) is F=ma.
- For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
--Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727)
Swallow everything. Ask no man.
--Bard 'Faust' Eithun (1980 -- ), copyright 2006 by the author, from "Skinned and Endangered"
PESSOA'S FIRST LAW
- Take care, exclusive idolater... life is multiple,
- all days different from each other,
- And only with multiple shall we
- Be with reality and alone.
--Fernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935), from "Hate You, Christ, I do Not" (1916) from Selected Poems, translated by J. Griffin. Copyright 1936 by the Estate of F. Pessoa.
PESSOA'S SECOND LAW
Do not seek and do not trust, for all is mystery.
--Fernando Pessoa, from "Christmas" (1922). Copyright 1936 by his estate
You have to be in Hell to see Heaven. Glimpses of the Land of the Dead. Flashes of a serene and timeless joy. A joy as old as suffering and despair.
--William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), from THE WESTERN LANDS, copyright 1984 by the author
Every story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
It is convenient that there be gods, so as it is convenient, let us so believe.
--Publius Ovidius Naso (43 B.C.E. – 17 C.E.), from Ars Amatoria, I.637
We live lives of radical incoherence.
--Tim Hodgkinson (1944 - )
THE HORSEMEN'S LAST LAW
You serve no purpose.