As reasonable as trees

Fort writes, on the subject of stone-throwing: “I don’t care to deny poltergeists, because I suspect that later, when we’re more enlightened, or when we widen the range of our credulities, or take on more of that increase of ignorance that is called knowledge, poltergeists may become assimilable. Then they’ll be as reasonable as trees. By reasonableness I mean that which assimilates with a dominant force, or system, or a major body of thought–which is, itself, of course, hypnosis and delusion–developing, however, in our acceptance, to higher and higher approximations to realness. The poltergeists are now evil or absurd to me, proportionately to their present unassimilableness, compounded, however, with the factor of their possible future assimilableness.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p175 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

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