So I do get to laugh. Our situation, the human situation, is,
in the final analysis, neither grim nor meaningful but funny.
What else can you call it? The wisest people are the clowns,
like Harpo Marx, who would not speak. If I could have anything
I want I would like God to listen to what Harpo was not saying,
and understand why Harpo would not talk. Remember, Harpo could
talk. He just wouldn't. Maybe there was nothing to say; everything
has been said. Or maybe, had he spoken, he would have pointed out
something too terrible, something we should not be aware of.
I don't know. Maybe you can tell me.
--Phillip K Dick, from the introduction to "The Golden Man"
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