Here’s what I think is a likely chronology of Jim’s experiences so far, and the corresponding theological/philosophical difficulties he fails to resolve:
1. Entry into Paradise, blowjob from the devil, and Truth card (1 Truth Road – except for the 1 Truth Road part)
- – If I get everything I want, how do I know it’s real?
– Is this Heaven or Hell? What’s the difference?
2. Orgy and drug-induced infinity orgasm, pushing Einstein out of the universe (Infinite Orgy)
- – How big is existence?
3. Hangover at angel’s house, “Why is there human suffering?”, trial at the Court of Existentialism and Shakespeare’s defense (Jim v Logic)
- – Why do people suffer?
4. Identity crisis and the Frankenmasque, Hemmingway’s pep talk (Crashing the Frankenmasque)
- – Who am I?
5. Rolling Einstein’s dice for Cleopatra, losing to Bogart (The Face that Employed a Thousand Angels)
- – Fate vs Chance – Destiny or Dice?
6. Golfing with Hitler and a lesson in free will from Plato (The Freewillin Jim)
- – Free will and moral responsibility
7. Depression, a kick in the pants from Sir Shackleton, Cobain’s renewal and the peak of Olympus. (I Hate Myself and I Can’t Die)
- – Like, what’s the point, man?
8. Atomic ejaculate and war in heaven (The Devil’s Peace)
- – Picking your poison: Religious absurdity, morose atheism, wtf science
Here’s a picture:
I figure Paradise is the triangle, and the circles are incomplete pieces knowledge Jim picks up on his adventures. He’d love to fill that sucker with red, but the geometry of the place just won’t let him do it, and the black spaces are driving him loony. The more circles he wedges in there, the more apparent it becomes that he’ll never fill it up, the more that Truth Card burns a hole in his pocket.
Basically, that first question he asks in 1 Truth Road forms the outline of what looks like an easily measured triangle, but Paradise gives him nothing but fucking circles.
At any rate, I look forward to filling in 9, 10, 11, 12, however many more it takes. We all pretty much know what goes down at 1 Truth Road, but we still gotta get there, right?