Sunday Matinee: Culture & Ideology Are Not Your Friends w/ Terence McKenna

Hou arre ye Highlanders?!

It’s been a while and I hope that all’s well as you navigate the yellow brick road. I know that at times this blog must seem like an abrupt and discontinuous juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated subjects, but trust me folks, there’s a method to the madness. While an alpha-numeric appellation doesn’t lend itself well to legitimacy, the rigidity of culturally imposed external directives is rather prone to stereotypes and anonymity is necessary to circumvent this limitation. Culture after all is naught but a closed system of values.

I don’t consider these shares to be a mere gallimaufry as the overarching objective is to shatter the societal and ideological “norms” that imprison our minds. I often wonder whether men can esteem virtue above all else and this inquiry is continuously thwarted by the wall of cultural impositions. One cannot aspire to virtue or truth when judging the outside world based on an imposed value system of abstractions.  Justice, intelligence, success, etc., cannot be defined and are not measurable by a valid objective standard, unless of course we gain definitive insight into the realm of the archetypes.

Consequently, any opinions we may hold on these topics are likely the result of some coordinate we use to create a frame of reference. While we can achieve somewhat of a societal consensus, rarely are the coordinates of definition not established by a control mechanism. Consider the following illustration – modern American ideological convention considers the disproportionate incarceration of African American males for non-violent offenses in a for-profit prison industrial complex to be justice in action and in reality this is un-just, ludicrous and offensive. But more on this later.

As the demands of everyday living make it somewhat difficult to conduct meaningful self-analysis, we often fail to realize that the bricks which comprise our reality tunnel have been laid by someone else, often times by institutions with agendas that cannot be reconciled with our own interests. This is an enjoyable talk given by Terence the Wise and I hope you find it a tad beneficial in escaping the prison of external directives. Bodies of knowledge claiming to offer any ultimate truth or finality should be relegated to the compost heap of history as they’re sure to be self-limiting, inadequate, and wrong.

The goal has always been an altruistic one amigos. Any purported freedom one may attain is meaningless if not shared with all. Liberate yourself from all ideological impositions not self-validated and to the critics who seek to oppose this process, “Honi soit qui mal y pense!”

Skip ahead to the 3:50 mark if you wish to avoid the introductory remarks.

One love,

HJ

P.S. This is only a recommendation but I would hope that you criticize everything that McKenna says.

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About H3nry J3kyll
Vincit omnia veritas (using an obscure Latin heraldry motto makes one seem kinda learned and distinguished).

8 Responses to Sunday Matinee: Culture & Ideology Are Not Your Friends w/ Terence McKenna

  1. E.D. says:

    mushroom season? does me mean the magic mushrooms? I guess he does. Read the other day that Donavon the singer, used them.. He felt odd affects such as being able to merge with the rocks and stones etc.. etc..Interesting. eve

    • H3nry J3kyll says:

      Magic indeed lol. There’s quite a laundry list of musicians and artists who credit their creativity to this magic. I think Francis Crick also got his understanding of the double helix structure of DNA thanks to a hallucinogen. Thx for stopping by Eve.

  2. Reminiscent of Carlos Castaneda but much easier to understand. Excellent talk.

  3. Cool. I’ve missed your film posts. Look forward to watching this.

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