"How long will this last, this delicious feeling of being alive, of having penetrated the veil which hides beauty and the wonders of celestial vistas? It doesn't matter, as there can be nothing but gratitude for even a glimpse of what exists for those who can become open to it."
-Alexander Shulgin, Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story
rest in peace
When Alexander the Great reached the River Ganges, he met a yogi.
"I have conquered the world," explained Alexander. "What can I do for you?"
"You can step out of my way," replied the ascetic.
"You're blocking my view of the sun."
- Sparrow, excerpt from "The Demise of Cool"
'In my opinion, we need more pounding in our culture.'
- Jeff Mills
'If you listen carefully, you can hear these things. If you look carefully, you'll see what you're after.'
'Truly happy memories always live on, shining. Over time, one by one, they come back to life.'
- Banana Yoshimoto
'Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.'
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I'm not as think as I stoned I am.
Life can be compare in sunrise and sunset.
'The present moment, though only a single fold-in-time away from what has gone before and is yet to come, is the only moment that really matters.'
- Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson
'But it's not for us, darling, it never was. I don't believe in a higher meaning, nor do I need a purpose to live for. I believe in us, in life, in the magical reality of everything around us. Look at it, then look again, look harder because I can't make you see it until you want to. This is it. This is all there is to it, and it's wonderful enough as it is. I don't believe in god or praying. I don't believe in heaven or hell. There's no afterlife I'm hoping for, no deadline I'm dreading. I don't need to know what we're put on earth for - I don't believe we were put on earth to begin with. We became and here we are.
Insignificant to the universe, we could easily not have been here and all would still be as it is. But we're here now and for that we're infinitely blessed. You get to feel the cherry blossoms in your hands. Swim in cold water while the sun rises and warms your shoulders. Make love and cry because you're sad or cry because you're happy and never have to explain because the tears stain all the same. You get to grow and dance and drink and see the world in every place you travel to.
If you take us all apart, you'd find we're all made of stardust - as are the trees, the frogs, the grass as well as the dew on it - why would we be any more special? I've never seen a tree stop mid-sway to contemplate why it's moving and if it'll ever get any closer. It sways and sways and sways and pretends it makes the same wind blow that it is rocking to.
We hold remnants of long lost stars in our veins. That's not an answer, but it's still magnificent and nothing can ever be both pointless and magnificent.'
- Eva Faber