Countless people have had paranormal and supernatural and spiritual encounters. Is it appropriate to assume they’re all mentally ill, deluded, simpleminded, or delusional? Max and John C. Wright discuss.
John C. Wright’s blog:
Machiavelli Quote: ““It may be, however, as certain philosophers maintain, that the air is peopled with spirits who by their superior intelligence foresee future events and out of pity for mankind warn them by such signs so that they may prepare against the coming evils.”
The Ghost of Caesar:
This is the Shakespeare version:
Enter the GHOST of Caesar
How ill this taper burns!—Ha, who comes here?
I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
That shapes this monstrous apparition.
It comes upon me.—Art thou any thing?
Art thou some god, some angel, or some devil
That makest my blood cold and my hair to stare?
Speak to me what thou art.
Thy evil spirit, Brutus.
Why comest thou?
To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi.
Well, then I shall see thee again?
Ay, at Philippi.
People waste time debating why Shakespeare added that scene. He added it because it was the part of the recorded history.
Here is Plutarch, from chapter 46 of his LIFE OF BRUTUS:
“Once, accordingly, when he [Brutus] was about to take his army across from Asia, it was very late at night, his tent was dimly lighted, and all the camp was wrapped in silence. Then, as he was meditating and reflecting, he thought he heard some one coming into the tent. He turned his eyes towards the entrance and beheld a strange and dreadful apparition, a monstrous and fearful shape standing silently by his side. Plucking up courage to question it, “Who art thou,” said he, “of gods or men, and what is thine errand with me?” Then the phantom answered: “I am thy evil genius, Brutus, and thou shalt see me at Philippi.” And Brutus, undisturbed, said: “I shall see thee.”