Terence McKenna: Live in New York
away from these institutions. That's pretty standard fare, I think. There's something else going on which isworth talking about. And that is the fact that the human world is apparently under the influence of somekind of attractor, or force, that secular people have ignored because the only words to talk about it were thevocabularies of beastly, bankrupt religions. But nevertheless, this force, this unfolding agenda, this designwhich we seem to embody, needs to be talked about. Because I really believe that history is ending. AndI've taken a lot of flak for that, because no one can conceive of the breakdown of the system in whichwe're embedded to that degree. It's a kind of transcendental faith that history is accelerating. The rate of the ingression of novelty into three-dimensional space is asymptotically increasing. The kind of knittingtogether that is taking place in the world is laying the stage for the emergence of new forms of organization, new properties of being. And I really think that the drama of life on this planet is pointedtoward the time that we are living in, that we're approaching a symmetry break on a scale of the kind of symmetry break that occurred when life pulled its slimy bottom out of the sea and crawled onto the land.We are approaching the symmetry break where we shed the monkey, we shed the hardwired negativeanimal impulses that keep us chained to the Earth and deny us our dreams of completion.History is a kind of indicator of the nearby presence of a transcendental object. And as we approach thetranscendental object, history will become more and more hallucinatory, more and more dreamlike, moreand more surreal -- does this sound familiar to you? It's the neighborhood, right?
That's becausewe are so close now to this transcendental object, that is the inspiration for religion and vision andrevelation, that all you have to do to connect up to it is close your eyes, smoke a bomber, take five gramsof mushrooms in silent darkness, and the veil will be lifted, and you seen, then, the plan. You see what allthese historical vectors have been pointing towards. You see the transcendental object at the end of time --a cross between your own soul and the flying saucer of cheap science fiction. I mean -- the city of Revelations, hanging at the end of the Twentieth Century like a beacon. I really think that this ishappening, and that what the -- It's as though we are boring through a mountain, towards someone elsewho is boring through that mountain, and there will be a handshake at a certain point in time. We aremoving, literally, into the realm of the imagination. This is where the human future lies. This has beenunderstood by some people since at least the time of William Blake.We are like creatures caught in a interrupted embryogenesis: halfway to angelhood, the worst among ussomehow got control of the social agenda, and we've been hammering on each other with monotheism,racism, sexism, materialism, for the past 10,000 years. We betrayed the aboriginal intellect, the aboriginalintelligence, that existed for probably a hundred thousand years with drama, with poetry, with altruism,with courage, with self-sacrifice -- with all the higher values that we think of as human -- but without thedevastatingly toxifying habits of Western Man: slavery, city-building, kingship, and, the three M's --monogamy, monotony, and monotheism.
These things have to be pitched out!Or, maybe not. Who knows?
Woman in audience:
What's wrong with monogamy?What's wrong with monogamy. What's wrong with monogamy is that it, uh, it forbids and interferes withpolygamy!
[laughter and applause]
Otherwise, I think it has a lot to recommend it! Yeah, I know,monogamy is a tough one. Monogamy is a tough one, but I have more and more the feeling that as yougrow up, just as you're about to go across the great Golden Gate Bridge to adulthood, there's one last sign,which says, "LAST EXIT BEFORE AUTHENTIC ADULTHOOD. BECOME ADDICTED TOSOMEONE AS LAME AS YOURSELF, AND MAYBE THE TWO OF YOU CAN PASS YOURSELFOFF AS ONE INDIVIDUAL AND STUMBLE THROUGH LIFE TO COMPLETION." [much laughter]
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