By Philip K. Dick
Fourteen strangers got here to Delmak-O. 13 of them have been transferred through the standard professionals. One obtained there through praying. yet after they arrived on that planet whose very surroundings appeared to set off paranoia and psychosis, the novices stumbled on that even prayer was once lifeless. For on Delmak-O, God is both absent or motive on destroying His creations.
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The bed did not please him; it looked small and hard. "Christ," he said, and seated himself on it. Lifting several books from the carton he rummaged about until he came onto the bottle of Peter Dawson scotch; he unscrewed the lid and drank somberly from the bottle itself. Through the open door he gazed out at the nocturnal sky; he saw the stars haze over with atmospheric disturbances, then clear for a moment. It is certainly hard, he thought, to make out stars through the refractions of a planetary atmosphere.
Not now. Tomorrow when it's daylight. I'll take you outside the settlement, out into the real Delmak-O. " "I'd like to see the Building," he said, truthfully. Abruptly she rose. "Better get back to your living quarters, Mr. Seth Morley," she said. " He, too, confused, rose to his feet. " She laughed, showing perfect, pale teeth. " he asked. " She shook her head. "Just you. " He hesitated, a flock of thoughts invading his mind; they pulled him this way and that, then departed, leaving him free to make an answer.
He says that--" She reflected, staring up pensively at the ceiling of the room, meantime chewing abstractedly on her lower lip. "It's a search for the great world-father archetype. That's what Jung would have said. " "Yes," he said, although in fact he had only heard little more than the name; Jung, he had been told, had in many ways laid the groundwork for a rapprochement between intellectuals and religion-but at that point Seth Morley's knowledge gave out. "I see," he said. "Jung believed that our attitudes toward our actual mothers and fathers are because they embody certain male and female archetypes.
A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick