(from my book Pocket Philosophy for End Times – A Lexicon of Dystopia)
A rare metal. Seldomly found on its own, in its pure, unadulterated crystalline form, it is usually an ingredient of alloys and mixtures with other metals. These mixtures have been very popular over the years for their bright metallic sheen, durability and higher melting points, in contrast to pure truth which, due to its high reactivity with other substances is generally seen as a dangerous, explosive chemical that can only exist in “free” form during exceptional, fleeting circumstances. Those lucky or unlucky enough to have had the rare opportunity of encountering pure truth and smoking its transparent crystals, have reported feelings of both euphoria and paralysing fear at the same time, as well as the ability to clearly see the Universe. Some of the most popular alloys of truth have been complacency, normalisation, delusion, hopium, conspiracy and many, many more. They dominate the landscape all over Earth in beautiful formations and effectively cover up with their pretty colours any visible damage underneath.
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