the world would not be destroyed

received wisdom

This is what stories are meant to do.

Over hundreds of thousands of years we told each other stories full of lies that turned out to just be the empty spaces surrounding truths that were too big to see. That we could only ever know by the shapes of the lies that fall around them. We poured lies all over the world and as a result, by accident, we saw what it all actually was and turned into human beings.

This trick still works.

skinny legs and all

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Bill became odd after surviving a long series of mentally destabilizing encounters with Numinous Memetic Entities. He likes to curse, and considers evocative vulgarity to be the last remaining genuine form of poetry left to the human heart.

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