What set everything going in the first place, before the Big Bang? This question terrifies the water out of us if we really grasp it. We almost instinctively grab for some pose, some ‘cause,’ crutch, drug, or religion—or even another person—that will let us ignore this hideous mystery, that will create alibis for our failure to find a purpose in life. (Although there are some who frankly don’t give a shit; they are the lucky ones.)

— Subgenius Foundation, Book of the Subgenius