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Matt, er, estd,

How's the weather in Cali?

BTW, ever read "No Man Is An Island" by Thomas Merton?

There's a good part about a third of the way through about how man constantly tries throughout life to see himself because he doesn't believe he exists. And so he examines the froth that his life churns up, the wake that he is constantly leaving behind, looking for some kind of meaning in it, some way to define himself.

I mention it, because in all this talk of meaninglessness, you remembered that you mentioned Rene and included a link for Danner.

You are well acquainted with your own actions, and believe that they exist, no?

Yes of course you exist.

As for being a doppel, it reminds me of G.K. Chesterton's treatise on wearing a mask. His essay also touches on the "reality" of our existence and our common tendency to either not believe in it, or to adjust it to our version of sanity.

I have a picture of you in my mind. And it is really you, for all I know. You have jet-black hair and wear "jams" and flip-flops while strolling the beach.

Do you know a different you?
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