This preface, clearly written at some point much closer to the encyclopaedia’s conclusion than its first entry, frames the unknown author’s experiences of the impossible.
The greatest and most terrible weapons are formed and forged in the white-hot heat of absolute conviction, but it is a dread of uncertainty that keeps them close at hand.
While often oversimplified, the various historical traditions linking mental illness to the influences of demons, djinn and curses sometimes contain kernels of the truth.
Although it is a gift that is often disregarded - overlooked until some aspect of it is lost or taken away - it is our physicality that that makes us more than observers.
The Rational Apparatus