A Theory of Physick

The world is composed of four fundamental elements—War, Love, Water, and Starlight. War and Love define the world of Man, while Water and Starlight define the world of Nature. War underlies the instinct to destroy and Love the instinct to preserve. Water is ephemeral, shifting, fluid, and adaptable, while Starlight is eternal, immutable, and perfect. Water and War are the elements of change, while Love and Starlight are the elements of destiny. Conversely, Water and Love span space, whereas War and Starlight span time. The sun exists at the intersection of Love and Starlight, while the moon is the conjunction of Water and Starlight. The mixing of War and Starlight yields fire. It is a curious fact that much of invention is driven by Love, but the machines that it builds are driven by War. Justice derives from Water and Starlight, but all's fair in Love and War. Water, Starlight, and Love, blended in equal measure, give rise to sex, while death is made from Water, Starlight, and War. An equal combination of sex and death gives rise to life. Leaving out Water allows Love, War, and Starlight to form dreams, while removing Starlight from the other three creates will. From this hierarchy, all things can be defined in no more than six steps. The belief that Leaf is an essential element and needed to complete the perfection of descent is an abject heresy from those that do not understand the interaction of fire with the other tertiary elements.

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