- THE BIRTH OF THE ERISIAN MOVEMENT -
10. The Earth quakes and the heavens rattle;
the beasts of nature flock together and the
nations of men flock apart; volcanoes usher up
heat while elsewhere water becomes ice and
melts; and then on other days it just rains.
11. Indeed do many things come to pass.
HBT; The Book of Predictions, Chap. 19
Just prior to the decade of the nineteen-sixties, when Sputnik
was alone and new, and about the time that
Ken Kesey took his first acid trip as a medical volunteer; before underground newspapers,
Viet Nam, and talk of a second American Revolution; in the comparative
quiet of the late nineteen- fifties, just before the idea of RENAISSANCE
Two young Californians, known later as Omar Ravenhurst and
Malaclypse the Younger, were indulging in their habit of
coffee at an allnight bowling alley and generally solving the
This particular evening the main subject of
discussion was discord and they were complaining to each other
of the personal confusion they felt in their respective lives.
"Solve the problem of discord," said one, "and
all other problems will vanish." "Indeed," said
the other, "chaos and strife are the roots of all confusion."
FIRST I MUST SPRINKLE YOU
WITH FAIRY DUST
Suddenly the place became devoid of light. Then an utter silence
enveloped them, and a great stillness was felt. Then came a blinding
flash of intense light, as though their very psyches had gone
nova. Then vision returned.
The two were dazed and neither moved nor spoke for several
minutes. They looked around and saw that the bowlers were frozen
like statues in a variety of comic positions, and that a bowling
ball was steadfastly anchored to the floor only inches from the
pins that it had been sent to scatter. The two looked at each
other, totally unable to account for the phenomenon. The condition
was one of suspension, and one noticed that the clock had stopped.
There walked into the room a chimpanzee, shaggy and grey about
the muzzle, yet upright to his full five feet, and poised with
natural majesty. He carried a scroll and walked to the young men.
"Gentlemen," he said, "why does Pickering's
Moon go about in reverse orbit? Gentlemen, there are nipples on
your chests; do you give milk? And what, pray tell, Gentlemen,
is to be done about Heisenberg's Law?" He paused. "SOMEBODY
HAD TO PUT ALL OF THIS CONFUSION HERE!"