Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy Birthday to the late Gene Ray, creator of Time Cube!



We were truly blessed to have the work of the "World's Wisest Man", Dr. Otis Eugene Ray. The title of "doctor" was awared to himself by himself I believe. Anyway, as any Cubic student will tell you, Gene Ray was a truly fascinating character. He really went as far as he could to advocate for his Time Cube way of viewing the world. It was sort of a spiritual-science, in its own strange way; A very strange form of numerology based around the number 4 (even though cubes themselves have 6 sides, but whatever.)

Much like the world of Stanislav Szukalski, who is greatly exulted by all members of the Church of the SubGenius, Gene Ray presents something so ridiculous and confusing that it must be true to SubGenius doctrine! Like good ol' J. R. "Bob" Dobbs always says, "if it seems really stupid, it must be important"; so by that logic, Time Cube might be the most important Forbidden Science in the history of Forbidden Sciences! 


Time Cube seems to be based on the 4 stages of life, and, it measures the self against lineage and culture. So instead of seeing yourself as a separate part of your family, society, culture, hemisphere, etc., you would measure yourself to them as a component that brings together the "harmonic" Time Cube world. At least that's what I take away from this. 1 turns is the equivalent to 4 days because the day ages as the same as a human does. 1-self is not equal or greater than a "Family Cube" because to be whole. the self must be part of a family. This is an assumption based on the above notes, as well as some videos I watched about Gene Ray (who came from a very large family himself), but I feel like he was trying to say something along the lines of the importance of unity within a family, as opposed to a member of a family just being out for themselves. Somehow, through the harmony of Time Cube, a cubic family unit would be a strong and successful one as opposed to the "Antifamilyism" non-cubic educators teach.

This is of course just my interpretation. I'm sure the late Gene Ray would tell me I'm wrong, and that I'm stupid, for even trying to understand the nuances and truth behind the Time Cube. Below is a really great video all about Gene Ray and his life, and, you can really see how his personal life shaped Time Cube. 


It's a shame Gene Ray passed away before he could finish and publish his Time Cube textbook. His website still exists, but it's definitely run by "fans" and not followers of his science. Through the murkiness of his online rants I feel like there might be something tangible to his philosophy, but who knows if it can ever be truly deciphered. 


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