“And so it is that we, as men, do not exist until we do; and then it is that we play with our world of existent things, and order and disorder them, and so it shall be that non-existence shall take us back from existence and that nameless spirituality shall return to Void, like a tired child home from a very wild circus.”
–Principia Discordia, pg 00058
Robert Anton Wilson died this morning, age 74.
Robert Anton Wilson, god-genius, the “novelist, essayist, philosopher, psychologist, futurologist, anarchist, and conspiracy theory researcher” author of the Illuminati Trilogy, Operation Mindfuck, and most of what you’re ever going to find on Discordianism, is in serious need of some help
Basically he’s “dying at his home from post polio syndrome. He has enough money for next months rent and after that, will be unable to pay. He cannot walk, has a hard time talking and swallowing, is extremely frail and needs full time care that is being provided by several friends-fans-volunteers and family. We appeal to you to help financially for the next few months to let him die at his home in peace.”
Here is his website.
Any donations can be made to Bob directly to the Paypal account email@example.com.
You can also send a check payable to Robert Anton Wilson to
Dennis Berry c/o Futique Trust
P.O. Box 3561
Santa Cruz, CA 95063.
Apart from donating directly to RAW via Paypal, the guys at Giant Robot Printing have this excellent T-Shirt for sale, from which $10 goes to aid RAW.
BoingBoing has an update: “this morning Bob’s daughter showed up at his house in tears because she had checked his PayPal account and found money for next month’s rent plus more. Bob called me to say that he couldn’t believe people would care so much about him and as we talked (which isn’t easy for him at this point) he was overcome with emotion more than once. He is so touched and RELIEVED at the possibility of staying in his home. He kept repeating to me his deep felt appreciation and disbelief that people would care so much about him. What a humble and sweet man.”
I say send what you can anyway. He’s been such an intelligent boon to our culture that there should be a saintday’s in his name, marking him as consort to his beloved Eris simply for his dedication to sharply questioning assumptions made by far too many people.