by David Solway
Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. – Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking-Glass
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness – Allen Ginsberg, Howl
We live in an age characterized by belief — that is, belief in things that do not exist, belief in complete figments of unanchored imagination, abstractions that have no contact with or bearing on reality. Call it the age of irrealism, of pervasive virtuality, of estrangement from the objective world.
Consider several popular notions or beliefs, memes as they are sometimes called, which operate as delusions erroneously confirmed as fact.