Editorial: Psychonaut of the week

Hans Lovejoy, editor

‘Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third storey window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.’

This is just one quote from psychonaut Terence McKenna (1946–2000).

His views are not popular with those who administrate authority, which is precisely why his message is so important and valuable in the modern era of mindless tyranny.

Feeling disempowered? McKenna said this is because you’re giving your time and power away to icons. Vacuous celebrities and politicians are indeed exhausting.

‘The reason we feel alienated is because the society is infantile, trivial, and stupid. So the cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation’. 

It’s 2020 people! Time 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’.

Here’s to a decade where well-honed corporate marketing in the fields of distraction, data mining, manipulation and mass hypnosis start to falter and dissolve.

And here’s to a new decade where all those reporting for mainstream media finally get a spine and pressure politicians and bureaucrats on their integrity and record, or lack of it.

It’s truly the most effective mechanism for change, apart from inspiring younger generations to learn for themselves and think critically.

It’s 2020 – time to break free from the shackles of the herd mentality and question the fuck out of authority!

‘You are a divine being’, McKenna said. ‘You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.’

‘You are an explorer’, McKenna also said. ‘And you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.’

All the best for 2020, everyone. Now is the time to ‘hurl yourself into the abyss and discover it’s a feather bed.’

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2 responses to “Editorial: Psychonaut of the week”

  1. Here is the last video interview Terence McKenna gave when he talked with me on the big island in Hawaii 3 months before he went to the other side. Psychonaut of the century. THE LAST WORD.

  2. Ken says:

    Oh, Get over it !
    Most of the residents of this region have has an experience, or two, with magic mushrooms fifty years ago and discovered ,not only that they didn’t fry their brains and become psychotic, but they became aware of so many possibilities that were hidden from “The public Gaze” , Thats why this is the “Rainbow Region”plentiful showers and lots of Shrooms has been so adored ,( which has nothing to do with the deviates trying to claim our flag for un-natural practices ( which have been unaccountably popular in this new age of the necrocene )
    Mushrooms are benign but unbelievable powerful and the insights revealed are life-changing and universally positive .I challenge any who have not expeienced a life enhancing experiance in suitable environments, to pkease enlighten the conversation.
    Cheers G”)

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