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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Icons of the Synthetic

"We have to stop CONSUMING our culture. We have to CREATE culture. Don't watch TV. Don't read magazines. Don't even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time - where you are now - is the most important sector in your universe. And if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered. You're giving it all away to icons. Icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y... This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion. What is real is you, and your friends, and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told, --NO! You're unimportant, you're peripheral - get a degree, get a job, get a this, get that - and then you're a player. 

You don't even want to play that game. You want 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 consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world." - Terence Mckenna, from "Eros and the Eschaton"

I Wonder What This Is About?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Follow That Tribe

The great Cherokee Chief, Two Eagles, was asked by a white government official:

You have observed the white man for 90 years. You have seen his wars and his technological advances. You have seen his progress and the damage he has done. 

The Chief nodded in agreement. The official continued:

Considering all of these events, in your opinion - where did white man go wrong?

The Chief stared at the government official and replied:

When white man find land, Indians running it. 
No taxes. 
No debt. 
Plenty of buffalo. 
Plenty of beaver. 
Clean water. 
Women did all the work. 
Medicine man, free. 
Indian man spent all day hunting and fishing and all night having sex.

The wise Chief leaned back and smiled:

Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve a system like that.