'A world that believes in open things is at least fertile...'
'What things a man or a world believes or disbelieves will permeate every corner and shadow and detail of life and style, will give a shape to every person and personifact and plant of that world. They will form or they will disorder, they will open or close. A world that believes in open things is at least fertile to every sort of adventure or disaster. A world that believes in a closed way will shrivel and raven and sputter out in frosty cruelty.'
(R. A. Lafferty, 'Ishmael Into the Barrens', originally published in Four Futures, 1971)