"The reason we feel alienated is because the society is infantile, trivial, and stupid. So the cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation. I grapple with this because I’m a parent. And I think anybody who has children, you come to this realization, you know—what’ll it be? Alienated, cynical intellectual? Or slack-jawed, half-wit consumer of the horseshit being handed down from on high? There is not much choice in there, you see. And we all want our children to be well adjusted; unfortunately, there’s nothing to be well adjusted to"
Terence McKenna (via onlyjoyreturns)
"The society is trying to cure itself by an archaic revival, by a reversion to archaic values. So, when I see people manifesting sexual ambiguity, or scarifying themselves, or showing a lot of flesh, or dancing to syncopated music, or getting loaded, or violating ordinary cannons of sexual behavior. I applaud all of this because its an impulse to return to what is felt by the body; what is authentic; what is archaic. And when you tease apart these archaic impulses, at the very center of all these impulses is the desire to return to a world of magical empowerment, of feeling. And at the center of that impulse is the shaman. Starved, intoxicated on plants. speaking with the spirit helpers, dancing in the moonlight. and vilifying and invoking a world of conscious living mystery. That’s what the world is. The world is not an unsolved problem for scientists or sociologists. The world is a living mystery. Our birth, our death, our living in the moment. These are mysteries. They are doorways opening up on to unimaginable vistas of self exploration, empowerment and hope for the human enterprise. And our culture has killed that. Taken it away from us. Made us consumers. Shoddy products with shoddier ideals. We have to get away form that. And the way to get away from it is to return to the authentic experience of the body. And that means sexually empowering ourselves and it means getting loaded. Exploring the mind as a tool for personal and social transformation. The hour is late. The clock is ticking. We will be judged very harshly if we fumble the ball. We are the inheritors of millions and millions of years of successfully lived lives and successful adaptations to changing conditions in the natural world. Now the challenge passes to us, the living, that the yet to be born may have a place to put their feet and a sky to walk under. And that’s what the psychedelic experience is about; is caring for, empowering and building a future that honors the past, honors the planet and honors the power of the human imagination. There is nothing as powerful as capable of transforming itself and the planet as the human imagination. Lets not whore ourselves to nitwit ideologies. Lets not give our control over to the least among us. Rather, claim your place in The sun and go forward into the light. The tools are there. The path is known. You simply have to turn your back on a culture that has gone sterile and dead and get with the program of a living world and a re-empowerment of the imagination."
Terence Mckenna (via iam-aenima-mundi)