a sublime comedy and benevolent conspiracy

I believe that reality is a sublime comedy staged for my education and amusement, and that there is benevolent conspiracy to liberate me from my ignorance and help transform me into the unique masterpiece I was meant to be.”

– Anonymous

(Benevolent) spy among us

I say anonymous, because I don’t know who originally said this.

A friend handed me these words at a critical time in my life, and it was the perfect time for me to hear this.

Using Google, I found a reference at this site: http://www.freewillastrology.com/horoscopes/20040701.html so maybe it was the anonymous writers of horoscopes? Oh, in this case, these horoscopes are credited to Rob Brezsny, the erstwhile musician and author, whose bio is here: http://www.freewillastrology.com/pr/robbio.html

There appear to be other mentions of this phrase in some movie, but I can’t quite find out which.


Break it down and it’s an action-packed statement:

  • Reality
  • Sublime comedy – not just a comedy, not a lime comedy, not subliminal, but sublime.
  • Staged – this isn’t all some big random accident?
  • My education – what can I learn from this lesson?
  • My amusement – isn’t this fun!?
  • Benevelolent conspiracy – you mean they are working together for my benefit?
  • Liberate me from my ignorance – you mean this ignorance is just mine? And, I can be liberated from it?
  • Help transform me – you mean this is about me, after all?
  • Unique masterpiece – you mean there isn’t some perfect model I’m to live up to, but that I’m to be something unique, and at the same time the pinnacle of some artist’s work, their oeuvre?
  • I was meant to be – hey, I was meant to be all this? Cool!

In yoga, this shared delusion is called maya. It was written about those many hundreds of years ago. We know the conspiracy exists. Perhaps the newer idea – its benevolence. In the throes of difficulties, we might see them in a darker light, and not for their power to transform us.

This quote inspired me earlier because I had written about it in this post: https://viewpacific.wordpress.com/2007/11/12/a-sublime-comedy/

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