Kevin Kelly (Creative Commons photo)
Kevin Kelly, the tech guru and Wired magazine founder, recently celebrated his 68th birthday by offering "68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice." I thought it was good advice, but as a RAW blogger, this caught my eye:
"• The universe is conspiring behind your back to make you a success. This will be much easier to do if you embrace this pronoia."
This seems rather similar to Robert Anton Wilson's saying, "You should view the world as a conspiracy run by a very closely-knit group of nearly omnipotent people, and you should think of those people as yourself and your friends."
I thought maybe RAW had originated the concept of pronoia, but this Wikipedia article cites others, including John Perry Barlowe, who defined it as "the suspicion the Universe is a conspiracy on your behalf."
Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings by Rob Brezsny, a 2005 book, cites RAW as one of the progenitors of the concept.