having recently watched a rather still, depressingly, concern for the oceans and especially coral reefs via a Monty Halls documentary, i thought this was worth a showing for anyone who missed it.
a most perfect application.
let's hope that young man makes the right decision. the most one can do is point another in the right direction; it's their journey after all.
but it's difficult to develop a wider vision when the soul has been reduced and compartmentalised; the services can be an opportunity when it looks like there is nothing else.
but there is.
i still feel that Terence McKenna has been unforgivably marginalised and swept aside towards that dreaded notion of New Age or worse still, Drug Culture; taking everything he said literally would be missing the point. one has to engage on a personal level to truly feel.
the mainstream (or sadly, that fake bohemian-right on-hip-clique), dismissing his enlightened, intrinsic knowledge as mere "counterculture" (is there anything more asinine or fatuous than that herd?), has diluted his healing properties and theories.
one must apply one's own judgement of course, but both religious (obviously), scholars (sadly) and scientists (shamefully) have neglected to construct a rigorous, thorough investigation into a quite solid and tangible view.
why should all "disciplines" be kept so separate? alas, it smells of money, prestige, accomplishment, ego, acceptance and critical regard and high esteem.
since when did that contribute to true evolution?
Thanks for the links, jonapi. I teach freshman composition at a community college, and in a recent classroom discussion about the persuasive strategies used in advertising, I had the opportunity to introduce my students to the thinking of McKenna, through his quote, "Culture is not your friend." It got real quiet in the classroom when I spoke those words, and then a young man in the front row raised his hand and asked me to repeat the name of the source of the quote. I repeated the name for him and watched him write it down in his notebook, and then made a mental note for myself; the student is in his early twenties and the subject of his first essay had been about the US Marine Corps and his plans to enlist later this spring. Needless to say, I'm very curious about what sort of outcome the bringing together of these two disparate ways of seeing the world might yield, but I'm resisting mentioning it again because I don't want to exert more of an influence than I already have. Call it small scale social engineering; like the old bumper-sticker says: Think Globally, Act Locally.
I imagined a conversation with Wavy Gravy once, in which he told me to create the community you crave. I think that's what we're doing here, isn't it? Building what's hard to find.
it does seem to have a certain resonance...
If you ever spend time in an anechoic chamber (and it doesn't make you so nauseous that you are unable to focus on anything besides your stomach), you'll find that there's a lot more sound in silence than you might imagine.
Which I guess is part of Cage's point, though probably not exactly what Simon was thinking about.
for anyone in England, the AV Festival 12: As soon As Possible runs between 1-31 March 2012.
Titled after ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible), by pioneering artist John Cage, the theme explores how artists have stretched, measured and marked the passage of time. Some works last the full 31 days others are infinite in duration or move imperceptibly slowly: 14 seconds become 31 minutes, an hour becomes 24, and we can all dream in a 12-hour sleep concert.
please, please support if in the area. or better still, plan a vacation!
As much as I've always loved that old S&G tune, I never could rise above its title contradiction. Cage got it righter.