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The Exegesis: Questions about the voice that spoke to him in Greek and more notes on To Scare the Dead

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
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Dick attempts to describe the 2-3-74 entity and his description sounds identical to the Parakletos (or Holy Spirit). He is reminded of a time in high school when he was particularly agitated during a test and the same inner voice came to calm him. 

Instead of thinking about the past generating the future we could imagine the future pushing the present into the past. The past is a trick our minds play as we try to arrange events into a linear order. Another way to look at the future is something that already exists which displaces the present. 

Dick spends some time speculating on why the entity communicated to him in Greek. If God has the ability to speak to people why was he the only one chosen? He realizes the absurdity of assuming he is that special. He has a theory that all of this could be the next step in human evolution, but that doesn’t explain the voice speaking in Greek.

He wraps this up with some notes about the story he is working on called To Scare the Dead which is beginning to resemble his final novel The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

The Exegesis: Letter to Claudia Bush, November 26, 1974

Dick tells Claudia about a hypnagogic vision he had of a godlike figure while at the same time a Greek phrase entered his head. His wife helps him determine the Greek was from Hebrews 7:26 (in the King James translation: “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.”)

Whatever is visiting him has gone by many names in the past: Apollo, the Holy Spirit, Elijah and what Virgil called the “Immanent Mind” in the Aeneid. Dick is convinced the Immortals made a promise to return thousands of years ago and they are finally keeping that promise.