Another great podcast by Lorenzo Hagerty with an older interview from Terence McKenna. Here is some of what Terence has to say:
"People without plants are in a state of perpetual neurosis, a state of existential wanting."
"The numinous depth of the mystery that seems to have called us out of the animal mind is completely impenetrable to modern analysis."
"The Archaic Revival" by Terence McKenna"And I don’t mean this metaphorically. I want to be taken seriously as proposing that the ennui of modernity is the consequence of a disruptive symbiotic relationship between ourselves and vegetable nature."
"… of what is essentially a pathological personality pattern. The pattern of the omniscient, omnipresent, all-knowing, wrathful male deity, no one you would invite to your garden party."
"Technique [in taking entheogens] to me is a kind of a … I’m reluctant to talk about it because it seems so obvious to me what good technique is. I mean, you sit down, you shut up, and you pay attention is basically the good technique. And then the footnotes add; on an empty stomach, in a dark room, feeling comfortable."
"The situation that we now reside in is not one of seeking the answer, but facing the answer."
Terence McKenna"I mean, 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 essentially a preposterous situation. It is essentially a civil rights issue because what we’re talking about here is the repression of a religious sensibility In fact, not a religious sensibility, THE religious sensibility."
"Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego."
"Think about our dilemma on this planet. If the expansion of consciousness does not loom large in the human future, what kind of future is it going to be?"
"The ‘public’ has no history, has no future, lives in a golden moment created by credit, which binds them ineluctably to a fascist system that is never criticized. This is the ultimate consequence of having broken off this symbiotic relationship with the vegetable, feminine, maternal matrix of the planet."
"How can we know who is the other until we know who is the self?"
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