Zebra

in VALIS, a character believes that Zebra, his name for the entity that manifests itself to him in 1974, “was in fact the laminated totality of all my selves along the linear time-axis; Zebra, or VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence System), was the supra-temporal expression of a given human being and not a god…not unless the supra-temporal expression of a given human being is what we actually mean by the term ‘god,’ is what we worship, without realizing it, when we worship ‘god.'” p. 213

also, i like #34 in his imaginary appendix, which states, ‘the ancient Greek thinkers understood the nature of this panpsychism, but then could not read what it was saying.  we lost the ability to read the language of the mind at some primordial time; legends of this fall have come down to us in a carefully-edited form.  by ‘edited’ i mean falsified.  we suffer the mind’s bereavement and experience it inaccurately as guilt.  p. 234

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