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2:36 p.m. - Friday, Nov. 21, 2003
killing time friday bored
Somebody got here by googling the phrase "killing time friday bored."

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This is funny. (Thanks to misschococat for the link.)

This is just weird. (Thanks to ibepiglet for the link.)

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Am I allowed to quote just one more time from The Varieties of Religious Experience?

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour. Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes. It is in fact the great exciter of the Yes function in man. It brings its votary from the chill periphery of things to the radiant core. It makes him for the moment one with truth. Not through mere perversity do men run after it. To the poor and the unlettered it stands in the place of symphony concerts and of literature; and it is part of the deeper mystery and tragedy of life that whiffs and gleams of something that we immediately recognize as excellent should be vouchsafed to so many of us only in the fleeting earlier phases of what in its totality is so degrading a poisoning. The drunken consciousness is one bit of the mystic consciousness, and our total opinion of it must find its place in our opinion of that larger whole.

This is from the section where he addresses the religious experience of mysticism. Obviously this applies to drugs as well as alcohol. I like that: "Not through mere perversity do men run after it." The whole War on Drugs things utterly fails to understand that the use of drugs is just the disorganized side of the universal desire for altered consciousness — the organized side being religion. Does that make sense? In our culture (modern Western), the disorganized side, I think, also manifests itself in the obsession with romantic love.

That's all for now, folks.

 

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