Superposition: a Lexicon game
Librium on the Seven Exigencies
Much informal trade occurred during the superposition interval. The intruders’ favourite souvenir was Miguel Chow’s anthology of non-narrative fiction “Librium on the Seven Exigencies”. Second-hand copies were exchanged by sparklecombers for curios such as bloodbristle brushes and unicorn scrimshaw.
The book outlines the effect of the sedative chlordiazepoxide (specifically Chow’s Librium habit) on selected intrinsic motivations (the “seven exigencies”, first identified by Chow in his book “Parsing Sentience”). Essentially: sexuality became focussed on fear and lust; forgiveness gave way to anger and resentment; self-confidence was undermined by envy and jealousy; conscientiousness succumbed to willfulness; charity was overwhelmed by selfishness; creativity developed into irrational prejudice; and empathy fell to malice and hatred.
Despite Chow’s fervid rejection of the fiction label, none of the effects has been verified by pharmacological studies, at least not to the depraved extent Chow described them.