Remembering radical psychonaut Terence Mckenna

In my mid twenties I was ranging about on the worst section of life’s eight lane freeway I have ever traversed. I had managed to get a hold of myself for about one month when in a transcendental state of heightened awareness I watched a Terence Mckenna talk. During the talk Terence built a logically provable and morally mathematical equation for authentic interaction within creation. Finally he summed it up with these words “say what you mean, mean what you say”, this formula of sincerity resounded through my mind changing me forever. I have been living by these words ever since. Thank you Terence: for giving me this golden tool to change my life with.

I cannot emphasize enough the value I have discovered in the discipline of authentic and sincere self expression (this does not mean one indiscriminately says everything one thinks, mindfulness is essential to sincerity).

Recently I read ‘Food of the Gods’ by Terence and found his sound reasoning applied to broader topics including human evolution and modern culture. Terence has much to say of interest in this book, however, for today’s purpose I have selected one quote.

“No other drug can compete with cannabis for its ability to satisfy the innate yearnings for archaic boundary dissolution and yet leave intact the structures of ordinary society. If every alcoholic were a pothead, if every crack user were a pothead, if every smoker smoked only cannabis, the social consequences of the “drug problem” would be transformed.”

Page 166 Food of the Gods

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