terence-mckenna

Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window.

Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.

—  Terence Mckenna

“The shamanic faith is that humanity is not without allies. There are forces friendly to our struggle to birth ourselves as an intelligent species. But they are quiet and shy; they are to be sought, not in the arrival of alien star fleets in the skies of earth, but nearby, in wilderness solitude, in the ambiance of waterfalls, and yes, in the grasslands and pastures now too rarely beneath our feet.”

- Terence McKenna
Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
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We have the money, the power, the medical understanding, the scientific know-how, the love and the community to produce a kind of human paradise. But we are led by the least among us — the least intelligent, the least noble, the least visionary. We are led by the least among us and we do not fight back against the dehumanizing values that are handed down as control icons.
—  Terence Mckenna
‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.
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―Terence McKenna

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We actually all create our own universe because we are all operating with our own private languages, which are only very crudely translatable into any other person’s language. There’s even a physical analogue to this, which will further reinforce this notion of alien nation.
It is that your picture of the world impinging on your eyes is made of photons. Photons are tiny wave packets, so closely circumscribed energetically that they can be thought of as particles. That means that every single photons which falls under the back of my eye is different from every single photon which falls under the back in anyone of your eyes. This means that I am using 100% a different perception of the world than anyone of you is, to get a picture of the world. And yet we are sitting here, with a naive assumption, that our pictures of the world differ only by our perspective within the space of the room.
—  Terence McKenna