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Terence McKenna - Non Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric

Terence McKenna - Non Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric

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The Non-Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric of Terence McKenna

The Non-Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric of Terence McKenna
from Non-Ordinary States Through Vision Plants
We're playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity can legitimately send its attention and where it cannot. It's an essentially preposterous situation. It is essentially a civil rights issue because what we're talking about here is the repression of a r
The Non-Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric of Terence McKenna

The Non-Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric of Terence McKenna
from Non-Ordinary States Through Vision Plants
We're playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity can legitimately send its attention and where it cannot. It's an essentially preposterous situation. It is essentially a civil rights issue because what we're talking about here is the repression of a r

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The Non-Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric of Terence McKenna
The Non-Ordinary ConhibitionRhetoric of Terence McKenna
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Non-Ordinary States Through Vision Plants 
We're playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity canlegitimately send its attention and where it cannot. It's an essentiallypreposterous situation. It is essentially a civil rights issue because what we'retalking about here is the repression of a religious sensibility. In fact not "a"religious sensibility,
the
religious sensibility. Not built on some con gamespun out by eunuchs, but based on the symbiotic relationship that was inplace for our species for 50,000 years before the advent of history ridingpriestcraft and propaganda. So it's a clarion call to recover a birthright,however uncomfortable that may make us. A call to realize that life lived inthe absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism isbased on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego and its fear of dissolution in this mysterious mama matrix which is all around us and whichapparently extends to infinity and where our historical future actually lies.This is the other thing.It is now very clear that techniques of machine-human interfacing,pharmacology of the synthetic variety, all kinds of manipulative techniques,all kinds of data storage, imaging and retrieval techinques, all of this iscoalescing toward the potential of a truly demonic or angelic kind of self-imaging of our culture. And the people who are on the demonic side arefully aware of this and hurrying full-tilt forward with their plans to captureeveryone as a 100% believing consumer inside some kind of beige furnishedfascism that won't even raise a ripple. The shamanic response in thissituation I think is to
 push the art pedal through the floor 
.Years and years ago before the term "psychedelic" was settled on there was just a phenomenological description. These things were called"consciousness-expanding" drugs. I think that's a very good term. Think about our dilemma on this planet. If the expansion of consciousness does notloom large in the human future, what kind of future is it going to be? To mymind the psychedelic position is most fundamentally threatening when fullylogically thought out because it is an anti-drug position, and make no
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The Non-Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric of Terence McKenna
mistake about it, the issue is "drugged." How drugged shall you be? Or toput it another way: consciousness. How conscious shall you be? Who shallbe conscious? Who shall be unconscious? Imagine if the Japanese had wonWorld War II, taken over America, and introduced an insidious drug whichcaused the average American to spend six and a half hours a day consumingenemy propaganda. But this is what was done. Not by the Japanese but byourselves. This is television. Six and a half hours a day! Average! That's theaverage! So there must be people out there hooked on twenty-four hours aday. I visit people in L.A. who have one set on in every room so they'reracking up a lot of time for the rest of us.You see what is needed is an operational awareness of what we mean by"drug." A "drug" is something which causes unexamined, obsessivehabituated behavior. You don't examine your behaviour, you just do it, youdo it obsessively. You let nothing get in the way of it. This is the kind of lifewe're being sold on every level: to watch, to consume, to buy. Thepsychedelic thing is off in this tiny corner, never mentioned and yet itrepresents the only counter flow toward a tendency to just leave people indesigner states of consciousness, not their designers, but the designers of Madison Avenue, the Pentagon, so forth and so on. This is really happening.It's only a matter of how tight you draw the metaphor that you realize it. I'vebeen coming and going from Los Angeles a lot recently and when the planeswings out over the eastern part of the city looking down is like looking at aprinted circuit. All these curved driveways and cul-de-sacs with the samelittle modules installed on each end of them and you realize that as long asthe Reader's Digest stays subscribed to and the TV stays on these are allinterchangable parts. This is this nighmarish thing which McLuhan andothers foresaw, the creation of the public. The public has no history, has nofuture, lives in a golden moment created by credit which binds themineluctably to a fascist system that is never criticized. This is the ultimateconsequence of having broken off our symbiotic relationship with thevegetable, feminine, maternal matrix of the planet. This is what endedpartnership. This is what ended balance between the sexes. This is what setus on the long slide.So now the culture crisis grows ever more intense. The stakes rise everhigher. If there were ever a time to be heard and be counted in order toclarify thinking on these issues it would be now because there is a majorattack on the Bill of Rights underway in the guise of a so-called "Drug War"and somehow the drug issue is even more frightening than communism,even more insidious. McCarthy told America that communism was underthe bed; he was wrong. Ronald Reagan and George Bush tell America thatdrugs are in the living room and they're right! It is here. It is real. It is the
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