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Oops, forgot to post this one last night.
Where did that phrase come from? I remember seeing it on an HPL-parody version of “The Family Circus” comic.
I’m unsure of the exact lineage. I think it was originally associated with Lovecraft, but then got co-opted by lolcats and the Family Circus strip you mentioned. Not sure which occurred first. Amusingly, (to me, anyway) this image brings the phrase back around to it’s home, as I may not have put it up here had it not been for the lolcat diversion.
That’s a trippy image. Very appropriate for the caption!
Isn’t it from Frank Bellknap Long’s “The Hounds of Tindalos”? The main character that isn’t the narrator takes a drug that allows him to see infinitely in to the past, present and future. Or at least something along those lines. And I’ve seen that picture on the net while doing a Google Image search for Tindalos.
Cthulhu on acid. A terrible thought.
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents… some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age.”
Lovecraft believed if you knew all the deep secrets of the universe you’d go Mad, and people feel safe being ignorant. This idea is associated with Cthulu because to gaze upon him is to go mad because seeing him makes you realize the horrible truth of the universe. (whatever that is can not be specified, some thing the horrible truth is that there is no God, or that God is evil)
To see all there is to know is to be omniscient. To be Omniscient is to go stark raving mad, therefor if there is a God he is a madman.
Mad by who’s standards? And why assume that a being, other than human, would become mad by knowing all? You *know* what assuming does, don’t you? Hmmm?
cool story, bro
Mad by Lovecraft’s standards.
Seeing as it’s his universe and his characters and his gods.
It’s literature, author gets the final say.
Much madness is divinest sense.
“i can see forever” seems to be based on the old 70′s line “i can see for miles”, associated with taking drugs and “gaining perspective”
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