My friend told me tonight he just went from feeling somewhat suicidal to being inspired by Futurama and The Beatles to believe in a god or gods, time travel and something he calls magic but he says is not magic in some clichéd way (“like telepathy or flying”). He says he is a genius, a prophet and the reincarnation of someone famous who he’ll reveal to me when I’m ready, and he wants to check this by writing to someone else famous who will be able to verify. He has proof of some of these things, but he’s not sure if God or someone/something else wants me to see that yet, and he needs to know I at least 49% believe him before I can see it anyway. He does need to get his message of love out there and he intends to do this with a stand-up routine. Also he asked me if I’m real, and if I’m an alien.
I can’t say I’m entirely unafraid that he will prove what he says to me by “helping” me experience reincarnation for myself.
Writing this makes it seem twice as crazy as it seemed hearing it from him. And it sounded seriously crazy when I heard it.
He’s been smoking way, way too much cannabis for a year or two (unhealthy amounts for longer than that) and has recently been doing this with a Zippo and a bong. I’m concerned fumes from the Zippo are part of what has brought this on.
I absolutely swear I am not making any of this up, and he is really not the type to play any kind of practical joke.
What the hell am I supposed to do? I told him I don’t deny the possibility he is right but that I can’t accept that based on faith any more than I can any religion, and that he should remain sceptical since there are a lot of people who believe just as certainly in competing ideas. He said he knows he sounds crazy, but he’s not.