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The languages of The First Earth’s eastern hemisphere contain all the nouns of the Polynesian[1] languages – and many others as well. It is no exaggeration to state that the classic culture of The First Earth was nihilistic; as were subsets of theology. I have said that the men of this previous Earth planet conceived the universe as a series of mental processes which do not develop in space but successively in time. Our Spinoza ascribes — to his inexhaustible divine axioms — the attributes of extension and thought. No one on The First Earth could understand the juxtaposition of the first (which is typical only of certain mental states) and the second – which was a perfect synonym of the cosmos. In other words, they did not conceive that the spatial persists in time; or that the temporal persists in space. The perception of smoke on the horizon and then of the burning inner city and then of two-way racism (which produced the blaze) was considered an example of disassociation of ideas.

An anti-Nietzscheism or complete idealism invalidated all science. I believe a comparison is necessary.

If we Second Earthers contemplate a fact, we connect it with another fact; such linking appears to make the second fact subsequent to the first – which is not true – the second fact may be previous to the first.

Such linking, in The First Earth, was not a subsequent state of the subject but rather a simultaneous state. This did not – – and could not — affect or illuminate the previous sate. Every mental state was irreducible: the mere fact of naming it – i.e., of classifying it a fact – implied a falsification. It can be deduced that there were no sciences on The First Earth, not logic nor reason. The paradoxical truth is that facts — and states of mind — did exist, and in almost uncountable number. The same thing happened with philosophies as happened with nouns in the western hemisphere. The fact that every philosophy was by definition a dialectical game (philosophies of the alpha to the omega) had caused philosophers to multiply (and conversely, a shortage of ink).

Hemingway and I became engaged in several intellectual arguments over this. He thought that philosophical critique had no effect on the amount of ink that existed at any one time. I – on the other hand – offer this document as proof that the quantity of philosophers and the quantity of available ink is inversely proportional. Crimmins had no opinion on this matter.

There was an abundance of incredible systems of pleasing design or sensational type. The metaphysicians of The First Earth did not seek the truth — even for credibility — but rather for the effect of overwhelming the sheep. They judged that metaphysics was a branch of fantastic literature. They knew that a philosophical system was nothing more than the subordination of a power to will. Even the phrase “power to will” was rejected, for it supposed the impossible revaluation of the present and all past values. Neither was it permissible to use the plural “new values” since it supposed another philosophical system.

One of the schools of The First Earth went so far as to negate distance because it reasons that the cosmos is indeterminate and that the future had no reality other than as a prince-in-waiting. Another philosophy declared that all time was already transpired and that his life was only an imaginary curtain blowing in a false breeze. 

This, no doubt falsified and mutilated the Self.

[1] Inventors of the Polynomial, the Polygraph, polysyllables, and the chimerical polymath term “infinite ().”