You summed up alot...
You bring up some points that I feel I have to address..
To all those laying down a total judgment of the man based on this once tiny excerpt of one of his numerous lessons.. shame..
It takes a bit more then 5 minutes to even get close to getting a grip on Terrence McKenna..
Now .. I believe that we are where we are supposed to be.. culture played a part of that and I do not think that Terrence McKenna is lamenting on our
direction for a minute... I do not think he is saying that we made the wrong turn and only IF this or that .. such and such would be a utopia....
What he is saying is that we certainly have made a wrong turn.. However this turn will foster us to correct the path, that our consciousness has to be
here in order to realize how and why we should not be... This speech is spot on and 100% correct...
As for your take on Culture.. I think you may need to pull back a bit and view it from a Macro perspective.
What did he say here?...
We are lead by the least amongst us...
We do waste our resources...
Our current culture is sick and depraved and needs to be dismantled and or reformed in a very large way if we are to survive as a species.. Wasting
our dwindling energy resources on killing and subjugating each other for control over it... Wasting our time with the inconsequential and mindless
fluff that we do.. while ignoring the real problems we all face... IE: our news media spending 20 hours talking about Britney Spears or some other
trivial crap... instead of talking about Peak Oil... (and that is a very small example of the situation that would take up 1000 pages to cover even
But that is what Terrence was talking about... not the micro cultures like Hip Hop or Art culture or anything like that you seem to be offended
about... He is talking about our fabricated culture funneling our potential future down the wrong tube... What he is saying goes right to the heart of
I mean holding pride in a culture such as this makes no sense in anyway shape or form... It is akin and as futilely dumb as being proud of where you
are born.. You were born where you were because your parents had SEX there... you had nothing to do with it .. just as you had nothing to do with
the creation of the culture... you just have invested in keeping it going..
You just happened to be part of the lucky sperm club that landed you in one of the developed countries...
Culture is not your friend... it is a construct.. that can and must be changed...
You need to re-listen to this lecture I think... and perhaps find some of the others and give them some time.
As for your take on psychedelic drugs... lol
I will agree with you that they are not for everyone... however "holes" in your brain? lmfao.. please...certainly there are many who failed and
these substances assisted..
However did they do them with the right intentions...or did they just want to "get fuked up maaaan"
Now think about it.. if they do them to get fuked up.. and get fuked up.. did it not work???
Personality is also not your friend.. as Personalities are defense mechanisms for our selves... They filter reality in a way that is harmful to the
Part of the venture of psychedelic experiences is to work your way into ego loss.. to become sure of yourself that you can be yourself and you have no
need to create personalities...
You can be free.
I know that Terrence McKenna was not a nihilist... to say that is to prove you have no idea what he was about .. and not a single crumb of what he
said was understood by you.
I blame culture for your resistance..
I blame personalities for your obtuseness..
As what he is showing us is a major threat to those fabrications... and those fabrications are a major threat to the survival of our species.