When I see people manifesting sexual ambiguity or scarifying themselves, or showing a lot of flesh, or dancing to syncopated music, or getting loaded I applaud all of this because it is 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 centre of them is the desire to return to a world of magical empowerment of feeling, and at the very centre of that impulse is the shaman…stoned, intoxicated on plants, speaking with the spirit helpers, dancing in the moonlight. Vivifying and evoking a world of conscious living mystery. That’s what the world is. The world is not an unsolved problem for scientists and sociologists. The world is a living mystery…our birth, our death, out being in the moment…these are mysteries, they are doorways opening up to unimaginable vistas of self-exploration, empowerment and hope for the human enterprise, and our culture has killed that. It has taken it away from us and made us consumers of shoddy products and shoddier ideals. We have to get away from that and the way to do that is by a return to the authentic experience of the body, and that means sexually empowering ourselves, getting loaded, exploring the mind as a tool for personal and social transformation. The hour is late. The clock is ticking. We are the inheritors of millions of years of successfully lived lives and 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 is what the psychedelic experience is about…empowering and building a future that honours the past, honours the planet and honours the power of human imagination. There is nothing as powerful and as capable of transforming itself and the planet as the human imagination…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!

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Terence Mckenna

Boy about to throw a discus, with throwing weights to be used during the long jump and a pick to prepare the ground for the jump.  The accompanying inscription reads ΚΛΕΟΜΕΛΟΣ ΚΑΛΟΣ (“Kleomelos is handsome/beautiful/fine”).  Interior of an Attic red-figure kylix, name-vase of the Kleomelos Painter; ca. 510-500 BCE.  Now in the Louvre.

Pro tip for writing: You may be tempted to use extremely uncommon words when writing a story; maybe to show off your vocabulary or because the word sounds cool, or whatever reason you might have. Stop and ask yourself how many people you honestly think already know the meaning of rarely-used words before putting them into your writing, though.

It’s considerably less fun for the reader if they have to stop to look up word meanings frequently just to get an understanding of your work. Don’t make reading your work a chore.

randomfandomphantom reblogged your post hoodfuturism: So my brother futurecoo… and added:

Are there supposed to be more than two genders in games? What the hell would they be?

@randomfandomphantom

i mean there are more than two genders irl so i think it should be considered.

"what the hell would they be"

google gender spectrum

List of Cute Things to Start Imagining

1. Ben and Bea cosplaying as 10 and either Rose or Donna, respectively.

2. Ben running around like a dork with a sonic screwdriver. Bea rolling her eyes and laughing at him.

3. Bea and Ben arguing over who pays the checks on their dates.

4. Ben or Bea trying to cook something for the other and messing it up so much the other one has to come help fix it.

5. Bea giving Ben something with a flamingo on it at every opportunity.

6. *sometime in the future* Ben wanting to propose, but Bea is all ‘Marriage is archaic and I don’t need a piece of paper’ and blah blah blah and so Ben is like, ‘welp better respect that’ and then Bea proposes to Ben.

7. Let me repeat. Bea proposing to Ben.

8. Ben asking Bea to dance at some party of some kind and then dancing really terribly, much to Bea’s amusement.

9. Ben doing something stupid and then making Bea some chocolate salad to try to make up for it.*

10. Bea doing something stupid and then getting Ben some really high quality tea to try to make up for it.*

*Obviously they would also actually apologize and talk it out and everything because relationships are all about communication and everything.

The Three-bodied Daemon from the western pediment of Hekatompedon, archaic temple at the Acropolis of Athens

(Also known as the Bluebeard pediment or interpreted as Typhon/Tritopatreis/Nereus)

c. 575 BC - 550 BC

Photographed by Frédéric Boissonnas
1919

Oldest siddur headed to Israel

The oldest book of Jewish liturgy, dating back to the ninth century, was en route to Israel Sunday, and will be on display at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem until late October.

The 50-page text is written on parchment in archaic Hebrew, and includes portions of the Sabbath morning prayers, liturgical hymns, and the Passover Haggadah.

The 1,200-year-old book was traced back to the Geonic period in Babylon, and is on loan from the Green Collection, a vast collection of biblical artifacts owned by the founders of Hobby Lobby.

“We are very excited about the arrival of the prayer text to the museum,” Amanda Weiss, director of the Bible Lands Museum, told Yedioth Ahronoth. “This is a real treasure for the Jewish people, proof of the communal and cultural life 1,200 years ago, and we are honored to have it displayed at the Book of Books exhibit.”

I can’t believe some men refer to others as Beta males. Like WHAT EVEN IS THIS ARCHAIC PACK MENTALITY SHIT. And calling yourself an Alpha, how pathetic is that? I don’t think many things would offend me as much as another man who “knows everything there is about being a man” referring to me as either a Beta Male or an Alpha Male. 

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Portraits of Women Living as Men to Escape Oppression in the Balkans

Photography by Jill Peters

‘Sworn Virgin’ is the term given to a biological female in the Balkans who is chosen to take on the social identity of a man for life. Dating back hundreds of years, this was necessary in societies that lived within tribal clans, followed the Kanun, an archaic code of law, and maintained an oppressive rule over the female gender. The Kanun states that women are considered to be the property of their husbands. The freedom to vote, drive, conduct business, earn money, drink, smoke, swear, own a gun or wear pants was traditionally the exclusive province of men.

As an alternative, becoming a  Sworn Virgin, or ‘burnesha’, elevated a woman to the status of a man and granted her all the rights and privileges of the male population. In order to manifest the transition such a woman cut her hair, donned male clothing and sometimes even changed her name. Male gestures and swaggers were practiced until they became second nature. Most importantly of all, she took a vow of celibacy to remain chaste for life. This practice continues today but as modernization inches toward the small villages nestled in the Alps, this archaic tradition is increasingly seen as obsolete. Only a few aging Sworn Virgins remain.—Jill Peters

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