From page 389-390 of Encyclopedia Walking by Jon Kanis: Terence McKenna (1946–2000): “What civilization is, is six billion people trying to make themselves happy by standing on each other’s shoulders and kicking each other’s teeth in—it’s not a pleasant situation. And yet, you can stand back and look at this planet and see that we have the money, the power, the medical understanding, the scientific know-how, the love, and the community to produce a kind of human paradise. But we are lead by the least among us, the least intelligent, the least noble, the least visionary. And we do not fight back against the dehumanizing values that are handed down as control icons. Culture is not your friend.
“Culture is for other people’s convenience and the convenience of various institutions: churches, companies, tax collection schemes, what have you—it is not your friend. It insults you, it disempowers you, it uses and abuses you. None of us are well-treated by culture. And yet we glorify the creative potential of the individual, the rights of the individual. We understand the felt presence of experience as what is most important. But the culture is a perversion. It fetishizes objects, creates consumer mania, it preaches endless forms of false happiness, endless forms of false under- standing in the form of squirrelly religions and silly cults. It invites people to diminish themselves and dehumanize themselves by behaving like machines. Meme processors of memes passed down from Madison Avenue and Hollywood.
“And I think that the way we counteract all of that is by creating art. Man was not put on this planet to toil in the mud. Or, the god who put us on this planet to toil in the mud, is no god I want to have any part of: it’s some sort of Gnostic demon. It’s some kind of cannibalistic demiurge that should be thoroughly renounced and rejected. By putting the art ‘pedal to the mettle’ we maximize our humanness and become much more necessary and incomprehensible to the machine.”
Scene Analysis of Django Unchained
(This is a companion piece to http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/19/opinion/williams-django-still-chained/index.html which you may want to read first.)
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A very happy birthday today to Ms. Yoko Ono. The world is a much better place for all of the prescient spells that she’s cast for lo, these previous decades. Celebrate and appreciate Ms. Ono in the grand celestial chain of events by checking out this classic episode of State Controlled Radio entitled Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band. You’ll love it.