JULY 2013

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"Psychedelics can stimulate the inborn faculty of visionary experience that we all possess as children but lose as we mature. Hofmann hoped that in the future people would be able to take psychedelic drugs in "meditation centers" to awaken their religious awe.

Although Hofmann was not conventionally religious, he believed in God. "I am absolutely convinced," he said, "by feeling and by knowledge - my knowledge as a natural scientist - that there must be a creative spirit, an intelligence, which is the reason for what we have." Everything that exists, Hofmann said, pounding the table between us with his fist, is a manifestation of this plan. "It is impossible to have this without a plan," he insisted. "Otherwise you have only material, material, material!"

Hofmann had had frightening psychedelic experiences, including the early stages of his first LSD trip in 1943, but they usually yielded to more positive emotions. Hofmann's worst trip occurred on a psilocybin trip, when he hallucinated that he was wandering all alone deep inside Earth. "I had the feeling of absolute loneliness," he said. "A terrible feeling!" When he emerged from this nightmare and found himself with his companions again, he felt ecstatic. "I had feeling of being reborn! To see now again! And see what wonderful life we have here!"

Yet in his memoir LSD: My Problem Child (McGraw-Hill, 1980), Hofmann acknowledged that some of the young drug-users who had appeared at his doorstep over the years seemed terribly disturbed. He confessed that he sometimes had misgivings about having brought LSD into the world and helping to popularize psilocybin. He compared his discoveries with that of nuclear fission; just as fission threatens our fundamental physical integrity, so do psychedelics "attack the spiritual center of the personality, the self." Psychedelics, he feared, might "represent a forbidden transgression of limits."

- Doubts about psychedelics from Albert Hofmann, LSD's discoverer,
by John Horgan



"Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction."
(Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom)

"The wolf is the animal of Apollo - a very intelligent animal. But its weakness is greed. It wants something, and often it doesn't know what it wants. It's an energy that wants more and more and more. Now if that goes in a negative direction, it wants more food, more alcohol, more sex, more money, more of anything that is concrete. If it goes in a spiritual direction, it can be extremely creative. So you see, all these archetypes have two sides, and if you get on the concrete side, it's a perverted energy. If you get on the spiritual side, it's creative."
(Marion Woodman)

"Even the most beautiful scenery is no longer assured of our love after we have lived in it for three months, and some distant coast attracts our avarice: possessions are generally diminished by possession."
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"Fraud is the daughter of greed."
(Jonathan Gash)

"This avarice Strikes deeper, grows with more pernicious root."
(William Shakespeare, Macbeth)

"Seneca noticed that being rich tended to make people angrier, not calmer. As he put it "prosperity fosters bad tempers."
(Alain De Botton)

"I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy."
(Warren Buffett)

"It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all."

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"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need."
(Kahlil Gibran)

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"
(Eleanor Roosevelt)

"You make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her."
(Winston Churchill)

"Sir, I did not count your glasses of wine, why should you number up my cups of tea?"
(Samuel Johnson)

"I come in a world of iron...to make a world of gold."
(ale Wasserman, Man of La Mancha)

"Children must early learn the the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving."
(Charles Alexander Eastman)

"You know, Emily was a selfish old woman in her way. She was very generous, but she always wanted a return. She never let people forget what she had done for them - and, that way she missed love."
(Agatha Christie)

"I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help, because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return."
(Muhammad Ali)

"The emphasis in Scripture is not the amount we give, but the attitude with which we give."
(Dillon Burroughs)

"It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit."
(John Wooden)

"You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late."
(R.W. Emerson)