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“I didn’t know it was today,” Diablo repeated. “That’s a very nice way of putting it. Yes, until yesterday, I did not know it was today. But now,” he threw back his blanket, “now I know it is today.”

Billy smirked. “You’ve been tossing those cards too long, bro.”

“I have indeed,” Diablo agreed, standing up and grabbing the deck. “But let me tell you something else. Tomorrow will become today, just as the next few moments,” he snapped his fingers, “have suddenly become the present moment.”

Billy nodded. “You really didn’t know today was the big day?”

Diablo began pulling on his clothes and continued. “Today is the big day. The big day is today, the big day has always been today, and the big day will never be anything but today.” Hew was in a soaring good mood. 

He studied Diablo for signs of a bluff. “But you really didn’t know you being released today, huh?”

“I don’t know what to say.” Diablo shrugged. “I got kind of lost in here.”

“Are you still lost?”

“No, not since yesterday.”

“What happened yesterday?”

“That’s what I’m saying, man. Today happened yesterday.”

Billy paused. “But today is happening today.”

“I know.” Diablo nodded. “It’s all that ever happens. The present is not a series of events. It’s one event. There is only one moment, and that moment,” Diablo patted Billy on the shoulder as he exited his cell, “is right now.”

—Nine Kinds of Naked, Tony Vigorito

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