Engrossing discussion about the role of drugs in culture from one of the pioneering psychonauts of the modern age. McKenna’s theories are as compelling as they are at first glance outlandish, made all the more intriguing by his ability to unify seemingly disparate fields of research into cohesive and logical theories.
When William Melvin Hicks (“Thanks dad!”) died in 1994, not only did the world lose a great comic talent, but also one of the most biting political satirists and social commentators, a man who destroyed the myth of the American Dream and exposed the true nature of political power and propaganda. He once described himself as “Chomsky with dick jokes” and it’s not difficult to see why, with much of his material – particularly in his later period after coming off drugs and alcohol – infused with harsh condemnations of American foreign policy married with an astute understanding of mass media manipulation and rampant, soulless consumerism. “Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do as…
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1. Consumerism depends on discontent. If you were content, you wouldn’t feel the need to buy all the pointless stuff on offer: if every one was content the system would break. Adverts are designed to produce discontentment, simple as that. All forms of true spirituality work towards contentment and therefore pose a threat to consumerism and the capitalist system. The myriad forms of spirituality all warn against selfishness, greed, envy and desire: spirituality and consumer-capitalism are thus diametrically opposed.
2. Psychedelics can cause spiritual insights about the nature of the self and the illusory nature of the “material” world. They are known to bring about states of ego-death, i.e. self-less-nes, the same goal of many of the major religious and mystical traditions. The endless pursuit of consumer-capitalist goals, with all the greed and selfishness that is entailed by that pursuit, is challenged by the insights provided by psychedelics. Psychedelics can…
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Stanislav Grof (born July 1, 1931 in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a psychiatrist, one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a pioneering researcher into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for purposes of exploring, healing, and obtaining growth and insights into the human psyche. (WIKI)