The defeatist belief that all pursuits arise from a selfish core in all humanity denies the deeper motives that also activate people. But from his pinched and narrow perch at the edge of society, the drug addict sees that we resemble him in our frantic material pursuits and our delusions and that we exceed him in our hypocrisies.
While England and the other European nations saw exploitation as the natural scheme of things, America’s founders had a more enlightened understanding of how to thrive without exploiting or being exploited. What if each nation had a mission for maximizing happiness in the world, in its own unique way?
The Obama Administration is considering transferring Gitmo detainees to an empty prison in a struggling Illinois town, an idea Republicans hate, but the people of economically devastated Thomson are praying for.
[Living in the Infosphere] • "Always-on" networks have thrown us into a sea of idea fragments that flow from brain to brain, reproducing like viruses. Living with such an information glut can be dangerous. But we can draw upon the deep wisdom of archetypes for boundary protection.
only I who suffered under the oppression, thousands of Tibetans are suffering
now. When we go to Tibet, I'm quite sure the Chinese military will kill me but
at least I'm sacrificing my life for my country."
[Must Not Sleep] • "'You and your tree hugger pals go on about economic globalization.' He gave me a long-suffering expression and rolled his eyes. 'It's as if you can't see what's coming. Have you ever heard of the Rapture? Try that on for size. Talk about globalization!'" Episode 6 of the novel Must Not Sleep, a transformative ride through shamanic space.
In recent years, researchers have been able to obtain official permission to start programs of psychedelic therapy. Could this be the start of a renaissance in psychedelic research?
Old categories for media are falling to the wayside as audience taste broadens and the borders between genres blur. We also lose our group identities in the process. Is that a triumph or tragedy?