Starbuck's Pebbles

Which Is Real?

      Do these 5 pebbles really form a pentagon? Those biased by the Aneristic Illusion would say yes. Those biased by the Eristic Illusion would say no. Criss-cross them and it is a star.
      An Illuminated Mind can see all of these, yet he does not insist that any one is really true, or that none at all is true. Stars, and pentagons, and disorder are all his creations and he may do with them as he wishes. Indeed, even so the concept of number 5.
      The real reality is there, but everything you KNOW about ``it'' is in your mind and yours to do with as you like. Conceptualization is art, and YOU ARE THE ARTIST.
      Convictions cause convicts.
Starbuck made a shitload of money off those pebbles (the banter kept his players wondering about what shape the buggers were in, and completely took their minds off of which shell they were under) and eventually opened his very own temple, which predictably attracted its own brand of wackos.