Content note: Silliness. Only silliness.
Out on the good-natured fringes of conspiracist culture, the number 23 is said to possess cosmic significance — this is tied to the ‘Law of Fives,’ which is too silly to explain.
If you want to understand American counterculture(s), you must understand this:
- No one seriously thinks the number 23 is intrinsically significant.
- ‘Seriousness’ is beside the point.
- Unserious belief can have incredible psychotropic effects.
The opposite of ‘serious’ (when used sarcastically) isn’t ‘frivolous,’ it’s ‘playful,’ and play is the heart of antirational belief and practice. The number 23 isn’t meaningful until you make it so — at which point its presence is as meaningful as you like. Meaning is an effect generated by interpretation, by reading. Antirationalism is playful reading practice.