altered states (1980)

“Now I know where the Self is. It’s in our own minds. It’s a form of human energy. Our atoms are six billion years old. We’ve got six billion years of memory in our minds. Memory is energy! It doesn’t disappear! It’s still in there! There’s a physiological pathway to our earlier consciousnesses. There has to be. And it’s in the goddamned limbic system! […] Everybody’s looking for their true selves. We’re all trying to fulfill ourselves, understand ourselves, get in touch with ourselves, face the reality of ourselves, explore ourselves, expand ourselves. Ever since we dispensed with God, we’ve got nothing but ourselves to explain this meaningless horror of life. Well, I think that the true Self, that original Self, that first Self is a real, mensurate, quantifiable thing, tangible and incarnate… and I’m going to find the fucker.”


A vain woman looks for herself in the mirror and sees a devil’s anus instead

Albrecht Dürer – Flamboyant Woman at the Mirror (1498) aka the Devil and the Coquette, copy of an illustration from ‘Der Ritter von Turm’, Augsburg