Thursday, February 28, 2008

Terence McKenna: "When you shed the cultural operating system, then essentially you stand naked before the inspection of your own psyche."

I'm trying, Terence. I'm trying.


Anonymous said...

I am still waiting on a study relating to what my parents LSD abuse back in the day did to my genetics...

I LOVE Terrance and his ideas but I'm not entirely sure it's necessary to use DMT or magic mushrooms to "get it". I've had many "soft" transcendental experiences just being human and going through some shit. I completely understand what he's getting at but I can't shake my primate fear of the unknown either. Why do I need to be jacked directly into Gia when I have an odd, natural, visceral sense of reality's union skin? Does it really help us to have more questions than we can answer in one lifetime?

That's what I loved about McKenna, his unflinching nature. He's the Indiana Jones of fucking with ones own mind. Wish I could be more like him but damn, I'm just not that brave.


Derek C. F. Pegritz said...

Don't try too hard, or you'll get an inoperable brain tumor, too.

I am completely fascinated by Terrence McKenna, mainly because I'm always drawn to obviously very intelligent people who have gone stark-raving mad because of massive overuse of drugs.

W.M. Bear said...

The man has one of the most annoying voices I have ever listened to. A lot of his thought is annoying too, if you've made a serious study of metaphysics and maintained a pratice of meditation and occult workings. His mind/computer analogy is heavy-handed too. Plus I disagree with him about the use of drugs as an aid to mental development, not least of all because they're difficult for most of us to obtain, not to say illegal. I do agree about culture being a KIND of operating system.