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    That comment was tongue-in-cheek, but there's definitely a part of me which is incredibly wary of offering up any sort of personal information online and I can be suspicious and skeptical of more or less anything. I took seriously the prospect that a mate who was once a bit off when I arranged to meet him could be plotting to kill me.

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    It can be a very self-centered way to view the world, to assume that you of all the billions of people on the planet are receiving special attention.

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    The 'seen' feature in Facebook chat seemed to trigger it in plenty of people, being able to see that someone had looked at your message hours ago and decided not to reply.

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    Although a tweet I saw recently said that the funny thing about becoming an adult is realising that all those adults in the corner shop when you were a teenager really could tell you were stoned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    The 'seen' feature in Facebook chat seemed to trigger it in plenty of people, being able to see that someone had looked at your message hours ago and decided not to reply.
    That's not really paranoia is it? It's just the sting of rejection!

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    When you move from weed to psychedelics the paranoia gets inflated to a cosmic scale. You shift timelines, end up in the wrong one. You jump from reality track to reality track. You influence world events. You are preyed on by malevolent spirits.myou are spied on from other dimensions. Occult forces swirl around you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    That's not really paranoia is it? It's just the sting of rejection!
    It can be once people start making assumptions as to why they haven't replied.

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    That Hemingway thing I posted in the PKD thread is very sad.

    This man, who had stood his ground against charging water buffaloes, who had flown missions over Germany, who had refused to accept the prevailing style of writing but, enduring rejection and poverty, had insisted on writing in his own unique way, this man, my deepest friend, was afraid — afraid that the F.B.I. was after him, that his body was disintegrating, that his friends had turned on him, that living was no longer an option.

    Decades later, in response to a Freedom of Information petition, the F.B.I. released its Hemingway file. It revealed that beginning in the 1940s J. Edgar Hoover had placed Ernest under surveillance because he was suspicious of Ernest’s activities in Cuba. Over the following years, agents filed reports on him and tapped his phones. The surveillance continued all through his confinement at St. Mary’s Hospital. It is likely that the phone outside his room was tapped after all.

    In the years since, I have tried to reconcile Ernest’s fear of the F.B.I., which I regretfully misjudged, with the reality of the F.B.I. file. I now believe he truly sensed the surveillance, and that it substantially contributed to his anguish and his suicide.

    I was in Rome the day he died.

    I did not go to Ketchum for the funeral. Instead I went to Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, one of his favorite churches, and said goodbye to him there. I recalled a favorite dictum of his: man can be destroyed, but not defeated.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/02/o...2hotchner.html

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    I'd go quite long periods without being able to see my friends. I felt, not entirely inaccurately, that I wasn't fully accepted. Everything becomes very difficult. I don't see my friends nowadays either but that's because they've got nothing to say and I can't be bothered keeping up for the sake of it. I'd rather stare at the wall.

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    I can remember running events back in my mind, in the aftermath, conversations I'd had, outbursts I'd made in class, gauche things I'd done, horrified by them. Tormented by what an idiot I'd been. I've lost that ability by and large and I regret losing it. I think the discomfort is worth the wisdom you gain.

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    That thing where, in retrospect, another, hidden angle reveals itself and you realise what a fool you've been.

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    And, fairly often, these hidden angles are essentially nothing more than paranoid fantasies. But it's the difference between living in a multiple universe of branching uncertainties and in a single track universe of complacency and self assurance.
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    I think you're right version. Everyone is too paranoid to speak honestly about paranoia.

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    Strumming my pain with your keyboard,
    Singing my life with your posts.
    Took a rest stop that wasn't on the schedule

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    I think you're right version. Everyone is too paranoid to speak honestly about paranoia.
    Version once posted something very honest about paranoia but deleted it right away. I was about to engage with him about it but then felt like maybe he was right
    Took a rest stop that wasn't on the schedule

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