Well it was a bit of troll on my part, and you picked up on it
I did a search for, “Things are exactly as they appear” because such words are practically anathema. But so often I hear, “Things aren’t what they seem”, or “Things are not as they appear” – and I’ve said those words myself numerous times, I decided to go 180 degrees and see what I could find.
It’s basically making the claim that there’s an objective reality out there, but we can’t quite reach it most of the time because our expectations get in the way of really apprehending the true appearance; instead we use the one conjured up in our minds.
I don’t know if I agree or disagree with it, but it seemed to be just the kind of thing that would spark an interesting discussion, which it has.
[on two philosophy forums, I didn’t have to even contribute; such controversy was generated that people generated the steam it took to get a discussion rolling].
I found the quote from the Google Books search in:
“How God Ruined My Life
By Jay M. Horne”
which seems to be a semi-autobiographical bit of absurdist writing.