He comes on the second Friday of virtually every other month, and I get to ask all sort of questions. He gave pithy answers mostly; but then I can’t say for sure. Were the answers pithy or I just can’t remember? I can’t picture his face, the last time I tried to look I saw nothing. Just nothing. But when he speaks I hear.
Each time I wake, I took notes in my mystic notepad sitting right by my bed lamp. As soon as I stepped out of my apartment for the day, I send pictures of my notes to my friends and tell them about the dream. They ignore it most of the time – these days everybody is busy, busy doing something. Or perhaps they think I am making it up, the whole dream thingy. I have decided to publish some of these notes, it’s all over the place, it might ring some bells, it might make some sense.
On the second Friday in August, I finally mustered the courage to ask for his name.
He said, “Imhotep”.
. . .
Me: How do you know who not to help.
Imhotep: The set of people who does not want to be rescued.
Me: Imhotep, anything for the boys?
Imhotep: Let all your conducts be as straight as a plumb line.
Me: The stoics had advised to live ones’ life without expectation, that that is the route to the true life.
Imhotep: Bullshit. Who are you reading?
Me: Epictetus, Seneca
Imhotep: Baloney, see, even the folks who had brainwashed themselves to think so will only figure out that they do have expectations only — and only — when they get disappointed.
Me: What’s the greatest supplication one could ever make.
Imhotep: This one is easy – may you know the difference between Kleos and Arete, between fame and success.
Me: What would you say is the most terrible use of religion?
Imhotep: Religion? When religion is used as a tool to distance oneself from God, as a tool to disobey God.
Me: [Gives a strained look] You keep confusing me.
Imhotep: Some folks are religious in order to be irreligious — so as to be immoral. This, my friend, would have been funny had it not be so tragic.
Me: And what do you think of certainty?
Imhotep: It comes when you don’t need it, when it is too late.
Me: How should we act?
Imhotep: As though you are been watched — because you are.
Me: Are you on any medications?
Me: I guess as much; do you mind sharing them?
Imhotep: Sound sleep and (very intense) physical exercise.
Me: How do I win more arguments?
Imhotep: Do you go around having arguments?
Me: Not really, these things come up once in a while. Any tips?
Imhotep: As a matter of priority: show your polemicists how they are right.
Me: That they are right?
Imhotep: No, no, no. Not that they are right, but how.
Me: What’s your idea of love?
On Our Problems
Me: Imhotep, what do you think are the main problems we have today as humans, as a people.
Imhotep: Many [Smiles]…You see, people want life without evil; capitalism without debts; Christianity without hell; marriage without (some) chaos; significance without p-values; fire without smoke; Christ without the cross; friends without fight; and finally, heroine without the addiction.
Imhotep: [Clears throat]. And one more thing — People who desire power and money the most gets it. This is the greatest of all human problems.