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Terence McKenna Quote: “We’re not mere spectators, or a cosmic accident, or some sideshow, or the Greek chorus to the main event. The human experience IS the main event.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Nowhere is it writ that anthropoid apes should understand reality.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Television, introduced at the close of World War II, has become a form of electronic heroin, and it isn’t even your trip. They don’t even let you go on your own trip, you get a trip designed by Madison Avenue.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “You’re immortal as long as you live.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “History is the siren song of the soul.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We were essentially torn from the Gaian womb, thrust into the birth canal of history, and expelled sometime around the fall of the Roman Empire into the cold hard world of modern science, existentialism and all the rest of it.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Psychedelics are probably responsible for every aspect of human evolution apart from the decline in bodyhair.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What was created by the era of the proper gentleman was excellent table manners and genocide over most of the surface of the planet.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “This rising global humanism is, in fact, the rising into consciousness of a tribal god similar to the kind of tribal god that functioned in these pre-Hellenic societies.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I have a skeptical and cranky side, and I’m forever puzzled why people believe the, seeming to me, dumb things that they choose to believe.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We’re not going to save the monkey unless we can shed the monkey. And the greatest impetus, the greatest inspiration to the expression of our higher selves comes in the confrontation with psyche that occurs in the psychedelic experience.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We get to the point then with modern science where you could almost say that modern science is the art of describing those systems so crude in their structure that they are not subject to temporal variables.”
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: “The good news about psychedelics is that they are incredibly democratic. Even the clueless can be swept along if the dose is sufficient.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “People are concrescences of ambiguity.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What we drug people have, that you don’t, is repeatability.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I discovered early in life a stunning truth that’s made my life very complicated in its wake, but that I still think is true, and it’s that people are very easy to love.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The terror of drugs is a terror of giving up control. This is what people are most alarmed about by psychedelics, is the giving up control.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Human history is a Gaian dream.”
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: “Our culture takes us out of the body and sells our loyalty into political systems, into religions, into inanimate objects and machines, collections, so forth and so on. The felt experience of the body is what the psychedelics are handing back to us.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “And the psychedelics, I believe, are the key to moving from wearing culture like cloths to recognizing that culture is this intensifying reflection of an aspect of the self and integrating it into the self.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Just because you have a nut theory it doesn’t mean that you agree with other nut theories. In fact, it often makes you very hostile to them. After all, there’s a limited pool there that we’re all after.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Shamanism is just show business and philosophy is just a branch of that vaudevillian impulse.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We have changed. We are no longer, as I said, bipedal monkeys. We are instead a kind of cybernetic coral reef of organic components and inorganic technological components.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “One of the things that people don’t do enough of when they do psychedelic work is spend time in the library.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We can begin the restructuring of thought by declaring legitimate what we have denied for so long. Lets us declare Nature to be legitimate. The notion of illegal plants is obnoxious and ridiculous in the first place.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What the churches are peddling is high abstraction, and you really have to work yourself up into a lather to be able to accept that as worthy of that kind of attention. The psychedelic subset of society is into an experience, and it’s accessible.”
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: “These religions that are so freighted with their own pomposity are no better than inspired guesses.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think what electronic culture permits is incredible diversity, and what the print-created world demanded and created was tremendous suppression of diversity.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Cyberspace is the human transition into a mathematical super space where we as a collectivity become optionally a single point of view.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “In a sense, what’s happening is that the unconscious mind is a luxury the human species cannot afford at this point in our dilemma, and so the unconscious mind is simply rising into consciousness by being hardwired into this global infrastructure.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The party impulse is a very subversive impulse. I mean, you know, a lot of artists have too much integrity to sell their art as a brand; but who has so much integrity that they would turn down a party?”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think psychedelics are sort of like doing calisthenics in preparation for the marathon at the end of time.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “History is just this froth of artifact production that has appeared in the last ten to fifteen thousand years. It spread across the planet very quickly. But that mind in man just goes back and back into the darkness.”
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 something in the Western mind that gets very nervous when you try to talk about the bedrock of ontology.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think with the work we do with these drugs we are the earliest pioneers in what over the next 100 years will lead to an understanding of consciousness almost as a thing apart from the monkey body and brain.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “And the whole schtick of the psychedelic experience, I think, is reclaim immediate experience, realize that you out vote all parliaments, police forces, and major newspapers on the planet because, who knows, they may be illusions.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The only frontier now left to exploit is not a frontier in space but a frontier in time. We steal the future from our children by plunging massively deeper and deeper into debt.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “For me, the glory of the human animal is cognitive activity.”
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: “It’s a relationship like to a crusty Zen master, or something like that. And it is really like another entity because you cannot predict the answers.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Basically, for me the psychedelic experience was the path to revelation. It actually worked on somebody who thought nothing would work.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We have wandered into a state of prolonged neurosis because of the absence of a direct pipeline to the unconscious and we have then fallen victim to priestcraft of every conceivable sort.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I’m not an advocate of drugs. I’m an advocate of psychedelics.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “By passing into the psychedelic phase, the space-faring phase, the entire species is passing into adolescence.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Apparently, in the Avesta classical period no one would have dreamed of having a spiritual experience without resort to drugs.”
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