Robert Anton Wilson, the epic writer of the epic Illuminatus! Trilogy, passed away five years ago, on January 11, 2007. A writer, phenomenologist, comedian and philosopher, RAW was also an activist fighting for the rights of all sentient beings. And as such the Boing Boing, found by his protege and another grand figure in the field of activism, Ken Goffman AKA R. U. Sirius, has dedicated a week to him.
One of such posts, by Boing Boing author Mark Frauenfelder, is Bob’s exposition of Oscar Wilde’s quote (which this WBAI blogger interprets as more inclusive than originally intended by the bohemian), “Disobedience was Man’s Original Virtue.”
“Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and ‘progress,’ everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man’s refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, ‘Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue.”