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Terence McKenna Quote: “I speak about the power of the psychedelic experience because I think people should be informed of their birthright, and I feel very antsy around the notion that someone might go from birth to the grave without ever having a psychedelic experience. It makes me as antsy as the notion that someone might go from birth to the grave without having a sexual experience. It’s a strange kind of protective denial.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There has been no progress in 60,000 years in reducing the psychedelic experience to a known quantity. It is as terrifying, as awesome, as ecstatic, as irreducible to us as it was to them.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Wife beating without alcohol is like a circus without lions.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think that understanding man’s place in nature is going to require integration of the psychedelic experience.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It seems to me that it is psyche in a way that has become occluded by the perverse development of language.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It’s meanings that we need to coax into our lives.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “If you cross an onion with a UFO, what you get is a flying saucer that brings tears to your eyes.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I have never felt that the primary use of these things was to cure what is called in modern parlance neurosis, what I call unhappiness. It isn’t for that.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Anything which must be understood by millions of people is so hopelessly divorced from how it is that it becomes a form of fiction.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There’s only the integrity of doing and having done.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The entire drug phenomenon of the 1960s happened without the concept of shamanism to help it along.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “In cyberspace things are built out of light.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There’s something in the Western mind that gets very nervous when you try to talk about the bedrock of ontology.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I really think that the psychedelic realm is the realm of ideas, and that ideas which change the world come first from that place.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It seems to me that right under the surface of human neurological organization is a mode shift of some sort that would make language beholdable.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “You don’t go on bended-knee to petition the official culture for your rights. You have to take them.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The thing is that it is incredibly frustrating to anyone who would control it, because you can’t predict the impact of any technology before you put it in place.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Clearly, what is happening, I think, is there is a kind of global emergence of a new mental order.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Because the planetary culture is becoming ever more closely knitted together all its parts are becoming co-dependent.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The real nature of our predicament is completely opaque to us.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I’m meeting my obligations, somehow, always have, without ever truly working, without ever putting my shoulder to the wheel for the man. Of course I had to deal dope to do this!”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think there is a global commonality of understanding coming into being. And it is not necessarily fostered by institutions.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Because this is the world that science built, with the henchmen of capitalism and Christianity.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “You aren’t an object. You’re a process of some sort.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien... What is driving religious feeling today is a wish for contact with this other universe.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Culture as we’re practicing it is causing a lot of pain.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Obviously, it’s some kind of freely commanded modality in the psyche with which we can have a relationship if we will but evolve a control language and a dialogue. And it remains mysterious.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Well, you could almost say, I suppose, that the scientist seeks what is similar between any two days, or bluebirds, or glaciers. And the poet seeks what is different. The artist seeks to celebrate the unique.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Nobody should be allowed more than fifty years to get their act together.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What the psychedelics are for us as a species, rather than for each one of us as an individual, what they are for us as a species is an enzyme that catalyzes the language-making capacity.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “And so, these are the things, the exploration of which, the singing about of which, makes us human beings. The exploration of the universe of the unseen is the business of human beings.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Being imposes some kind of obligation to find out what’s going on.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘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.” -.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It is slowly becoming understood that the modality of being is the modality of mind.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Each stage of cosmic development proceeded more quickly than the stage which preceded it.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What I think is going on is that probably language was entertainment long before it was meaning. It’s a kind of tuneless singing.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “National governments are under paid, under staffed, and under talented.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Although whenever you have intelligent life in the presence of large explosions, a safe bet is that the intelligent life is responsible for the large explosion.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It’s as though a certain level of intoxication with the mushroom is the precondition for being able to communicate, but is not itself enough.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Mystery is alive in the moment, in the here and now. It just simply lies on the other side of a barrier of courage.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There is no question that a society that sets out to control its citizens’ use of drugs sets out on the slippery path to totalitarianism.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Things are pretty strange in this world and people do it many ways and you are just an atom in a galaxy of possibilities and your opinions and your science and ‘What I think’ and all that, is just so much noise in a very complex and busy world. And its that same humbling perception that comes out of psychedelics. It just shows you, you’re very parochial.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Jean Baker Miller pointed out that the so-called need to control and dominate others is psychologically a function, not of a feeling of power, but of a feeling of powerlessness. Distinguishing between “power for oneself and power over others,” she writes: “In a basic sense, the greater the development of each individual the more able, more effective, and less needy of limiting or restricting others she or he will be.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We are not primarily biological, with mind emerging as a kind of iridescence, a kind of epiphenomenon at the higher levels of organization of biology. We are hyperspatial objects of some sort that cast a shadow into matter. The shadow in matter is our physical organism.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The twentieth-century linguistic revolution,” says Boston University anthropologist Misia Landau, “is the recognition that language is not merely a device for communicating ideas about the world, but rather a tool for bringing the world into existence in the first place. Reality is not simply ‘experienced’ or ‘reflected’ in language, but instead is actually produced by language.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It’s clearly a crisis of two things: of consciousness and conditioning. We have the technological power, the engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war; But we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. We must decondition ourselves from 10,000 years of bad behavior. And, it’s not easy.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think there’s a very strong Calvinistic bias against a free lunch. The idea that you could achieve a spiritual insight without suffering, soul-searching, flagellation, and that sort of thing, is abhorrent to people because they believe that the vision of these higher dimensions should be vouchsafed to the good, and probably to them only after death. It is alarming to people to think that they could take a substance like psilocybin or DMT and have these kinds of experiences.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Authority will lead you into ruin.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “A hallucination is a species of reality, as capable of teaching you as a videotape about Kilimanjaro or anything else that falls through your life.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “A hallucination is to be in the presence of that which previously could not be imagined, and if it previously could not be imagined then there is no grounds for believing that you generated it out of yourself.”
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