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At that sleep-addled time, I thought what they meant was that a profound question was being raised (in what seemed to be remarkably concise terms) about whether true reality can exist in some parts of an entity and not others, rather than being all one thing or the other. It questioned which qualities of a person are ephemeral figments of subjective perception and are essentially fake and with only an superficial suggestion of merit, and which qualities are of a genuine substance and objective experience and are truly part of a person rather than something placed upon them. The question itself was whether we have any way of accurately discerning between the real and artificial, since our ability to perceive is so subjective. The other philosopher on the radio replied (also in remarkably concise terms) that to what extent our existence is entirely real or a product of the imaginations of ourselves or other beings is unknowable within our own mortal scope, because our subjective experiences are exactly what prevent us from communicating with one another to share what those experiences are in order to construct an idea of what objective reality actually is, and so due to that obstacle, it will remain a mystery for as long as we can be concerned. Are her boobs fake or real? What of any person can be said to be assuredly fake or real? It's a question for the ages.

It didn't even strike me how overly-important of stuff I was getting out of that shallow celebrity gossip until after I'd gotten out of bed. I burst out laughing.

This past year, I've tended to devote more of my creative energies into making an illustrated journal, full of rants, sketches, meditations, jokes, attempts at sorting out my spirituality, and anything else about my personal life that needs to be drawn out in the form of a cartoon. That comic-journal is completely private, since I've found that if I don't censor myself and don't have to worry about how other people would see it, don't have to worry about something being too scribbly or arguable or personal, I'm getting farther with discovering my writing-voice. It just seems to work better when I can be as brashly honest as I want, as well as combining illustrations and text together instead of having them separate. It's been a marvelous exercise. When I drew this particular entry in it last morning (which was something that actually happened) I decided this one ought to be shared.

How do you feel about some (but not all) episodes of "Theri There" being a cartoon journal of a real therianthrope's life, and other interjections such as an episode with a joke about (say) Arthurian legends, rather than all the episodes having to deal directly with defining therianthropy in general? Must they all be exclusively, completely on-topic (even more so than most discussion forums about therianthropy or draconity tend to be, which tend to wander in any direction that interests the members, to such an extent that alt.fan.dragons said that nothing was off-topic for them at all)? Or can the idea of "on-topic" be broadened to include other topics that I feel are related to it? I was starting to feel like it was too limiting, even though I do have a lot of material for it, I have all these other comic ideas as well. What do you think, should they all be together in "Theri There," or should it stay strict with what's considered on-topic?
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