JULY 2013

* snakocalypse


Years ago before the term 'psychedelic' was settled on there was just a phenomenological description, these things were called 'consciousness expanding drugs'. Well, I think that's a very good term. Think about our dilemma on this planet. If the expansion of consciousness does not loom large in the human future, what kind of future is it going to be? To my mind the psychedelic position is most fundamentally threatening when fully logically thought out because it is an anti-drug position - and make no mistake about it, the issue is drugged. How drugged shall you be? Or, to put it another way, consciousness, how conscious shall you be? Who shall be conscious? Who shall be unconscious? Imagine if the Japanese had won World War II, taken over America, and introduced an insidious drug which caused the average American to spend six and a half hours a day consuming enemy propaganda. But this is what was done. Not by the Japanese, by ourselves. This is television. Six and a half hours a day! Average! That's the average! I visit people in L.A. who have one set on in every room so they're racking up a lot of time for the rest of us. You see what is needed is an operational awareness of what we mean by drug. A drug is something which causes unexamined, obsessive, habituated behavior. You don't examine your behavior, you just do it. You do it obsessively. You let nothing get in the way of it. This is the kind of life we're being sold on every level. To watch, to consume, to buy. The psychedelic thing is off in this tiny corner, never mentioned, and yet it represents the only counterflow toward a tendency to just leave people in designer states of consciousness. Not their designers, but the designers of Madison Avenue, the Pentagon, so forth and so on. This is really happening.
(Terence McKenna)

"A fire broke out
backstage in a theatre.
The clown came out
to warn the public;
they thought it was
a joke and applauded.
He repeated it;
the acclaim
was even greater.
I think that's just
how the world will come to an end:
to general applause from wits
who believe it's a joke."
(Soren Kierkegaard)


"Returning is the motion
of the Tao.

Yielding is the way
of the Tao.

The ten thousand things
are born of

Being is born of not being."

- Tao Te Ching


"It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite."

"It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards."

"The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays."

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."

"The most common form of despair is not being who you are."

"Once you label me you negate me."

"The vain man is in equally high measure sensitive. For if he did not want to be watched, then others would also not watch him closely."

"I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both."

"In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant ... my depression is the most faithful mistress I have known - no wonder, then, that I return the love."

"The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed."

(Soren Kierkegaard)


"Heaven and Earth are impartial;
They see the ten thousand things as straw dogs.
The wise are impartial;
They see the people as straw dogs.
The space between heaven and Earth is like a bellows.
The shape changes but not the form;
The more it moves, the more it yields.
More words count less.
Hold fast to the center."

- Tao Te Ching


"Words are like leaves And where they most abound Much fruit and sense beneath is rarely found."

"He that uses many words for explaining any subject, doth, like the cuttlefish, hide himself in his own ink."

"Many a glib talker has a lot of depth on the surface but way down deep is very shallow."

"Many a writer seems to think he is never profound except when he can't understand his own meaning."

"What an author doesn't know usually fills a book."

"The ordinary man would rather read the life of the cruelest pirate that ever lived than the wisest philosopher."

"There are two common ways to avoid thinking: one is to never read, and the other is to do nothing but read."

"If words were invented to conceal thought, newspapers are a great improvement on a bad invention."

"Literature is an occupation in which you have to prove your talent to people who have none."

"My greatest joy is bringing the immortals back to life."

"I would rather it were asked how I did not get published than how I did."

"Quoting oneself is a sign of supreme humility."

"The thinker writes with his blood, The poet with his tears, Women with their lipstick, And academics with their bile."

(Kevin Solway, Wit for Wisdom)