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As I finished the tale, other possibilities suddenly occurred to me. And not just one - thousands. What if our entire universe is merely a fleeting thought in the mind of a being we cannot begin to imagine? What if what we perceive to be, and what we assume is, is actually nothing more than a lonely thought drifting throughout eternity?
The story did more than intrigue me. It made me question the entire foundation of my world and being, and I have never quite recovered. Nor do I particularly want to. I will likely spend my life exploring the question that has no answer, and even has no real way to be asked.
"The Mysterious Stranger" made me doubt all I had ever known. But, as Rene Descartes wrote in Principles of Philosophy, "If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
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