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Friday, August 07, 2009

Thought of the day

Terence McKenna gives us his unique perspective on life.



I had the pleasure of hanging around with Terence from time to time back when he lived in Sonoma. His reputation as a psychonaut was well deserved, but it gave him, I think, a view of humanity that is quite valuable.

2 comments:

Salma said...

Dear Mushtaq,
Yesterday evening I took a walk, and as soon as I got outside I heard bagpipes playing! I was drawn to the music, and as I walked, a question formed in my mind: "Do I like living in the country or in the city more? In the country, I had to keep my eyes on the dirt road so as not to step on a snake. In the city, I have to stop and look at the end of every block so as not to get hit by a car." As I got closer to the sound, I came face to face with the main Police Station with swarms of police cars, and I my interest in finding the music was completely turned off when I realized I would have to walk past the station to get to the stores and restaurants behind it where the music was coming from. So, I turned around and went home. Culture and Art....

Salma said...

Dear Mushtaq,
I wonder now if my comment above was very clear. What I meant was that city living (ie. Culture), with all its momentarily attractive offerings (the bagpipes) comes at a huge price- the "In Your Face" police presence, the sirens, the fast and noisy "to and fro" hustle and bustle of so many strangers, the danger at every turn of the corner, etc. just isn't worth the cost. I'm not sure what Terence meant by "Art", but the beauty, quiet, and serenity only found in natural settings is what I finally decided that I prefer. And I told myself when I got home that I should spend more time learning to play my recorder. A simple tune on a simple flute is sometimes better than a blaring bagpipe anyhow. S