Eulogy for Robert Anton Wilson: Public Speaking Class Project

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We are gathered here today, to honor Robert Anton Wilson, who once famously said,

“Certitude belongs exclusively to those who only own one encyclopedia.”(- Robert Anton Wilson)

Luckily for us, Robert Anton Wilson owned many encyclopedias. Born in Brooklyn, Wilson contracted polio as a child and felt the effects throughout his life. He studied engineering and mathematics at Brooklyn Polytechnic and then New York University, but engineering soon gave way to sales, then to copywriting and freelance journalism. This got him a job as an editor at Playboy Magazine. Where he wrote the Illuminatus trilogy with Robert Shea. He then collaborated with Timothy Leary on two books, wrote multiple books on Quantum Mechanics, Psychology, The Occult, and many brilliant works of fiction. He helped create two faux religions that many still follow today, Discordianism, and The Church of the SubGenius

He had to learn how to walk on three different times in his life due to polio. Truly an inspiring man. Marijuana helped with the effects of polio, and later in life he became an advocate for its medical use.

Robert Anton Wilson, has died aged at 74. Post-polio syndrome had weakened his legs and a fall confined him to bed.

Born January 18 1932; he has left us on January 11 2007.

Through his writings, he practiced what he coined as OM, otherwise known as, Operation Mindfuck.

Which is an attempt to galvenize readers and movie goers to suddenly see the world in a new way. It is an anarchist movement in the arts. Anyone who is a writer or director, or works in the arts and is sympathetic to it, is involved. It is a decentralized conspiracy. Since no one is giving the orders, it lives on, just like Discordianism and The Church of the SubGenius. The Illuminatus Trilogy still invades the minds of young conspiracy fans who have no clue that Bob created the entire meme and almost everything, everyone thinks they know about the Illuminati, actually began as a work of fiction by Bob.

Luckily his Operation Mindfuck lives on, and many believe in the Illuminati, and the Chaos it has created, has been insturmental in helping to break down the old structure of order.

Even now, we still feel his meme present in today’s political climate.

With that said, I will leave you with a final quote by Bob himself.

“In order to eat, you have to be hungry. In order to learn, you have to be ignorant. Ignorance is a condition of learning. Pain is a condition of health. Passion is a condition of thought. Death is a condition of life.”  

Thank you Bob

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