You can't help but get excited about the prospect of magic's supreme duo Penn & Teller returning to Broadway for the first time in decades. And they're just as giddy as the audience and fans to bring a healthy helping of old and new tricks to theater's premiere stage.
Even when we close our eyes, they are active. They are buzzing with the metabolism and regeneration of visual pigments. You can think of it as the TV not being shut off, but changed to a fuzzy picture.
What do L. Ron Hubbard, H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, Lord Dunsany, Alice in Wonderland, M.C. Escher, John H. Conway, Roger Penrose and Oprah Winfrey have in common? The same thing as Isaac Asimov, Vladimir Nabokov, and Salvador Dali.
The fact that so many marriages end in disappointment for so many couples is a reflection of how many people continue to opt for the illusion of myths rather than to challenge the assumptions on which they are based.
The illusion of immortality was but the first of many illusions dispelled by the transit into and ultimately through midlife. On this, the far side of midlife, the deconstruction of illusions has only accelerated.