In the beginning there was the Great Páhaná and he said many things all of which were conveniently forgotten and yet some remained as ripples on a lake.
These are the sacred commandments of the philosophy of innocence:
The first commandment of innocence is that thou shall reject; for some questions should never be asked, as some answers should never be sought; this is applied ignorance. To practice it, know yourself.
The second commandment of innocence is that thou shall accept; for doublethink is the necessity of an intelligent man to hold two diametrically opposite ideas as equally true, and to believe in both; this is applied agnosticism. To practice it, know the world.
The third commandment of innocence is that thou shall marvel; for to understand the structure of something is to de-mystify it, though even in de-mystification the bizarrity of the miracle does not vanish, it is merely obscured by our arrogance and ego; this is applied mysticism. To practice it, know the child.
The fourth commandment of innocence is that thou shall ignore; for some things exist to boggle your mind; this is applied absurdity. To practice it, know the unknown.
The fifth commandment of innocence is that thou shall dream; for if something is unnecessary, useless, outdated, anachronistic, or trivial you must treasure it; this is applied nostalgia. To practice it, know your heart and soul.
Konrad Tademar- September 26, 1995
An excerpt from “Prometheus, the Diary of a Poet” – Book II: the Jigsaw, Epistle III