Video 4:26. The universe you and I are living in is a far more novel and complicated place than the early universe was.
So, I see the cosmos, if you will, as a kind of novelty producing engine. A kind of machine which produces complexity in all realms – physical, chemical, social, whatever – and then uses that level of complexity as a platform for further complexity.
The purpose of being a human is too complexify reality even more, to hand on a more diverse, more complicated, more multi-faced universe to our children.
We can actually appreciate, for the 1st time, our circumstance and our circumstance is awe inspiring.
We are about to take this step out of the matter. The planet is on a collision course with the most profound event that it's possible to imagine.
The freeing of organic life from the chrysalis of matter. For 1 billion years there's been life on this planet, but never life that could step outside of matter. But this is obviously what's in the cards and we are privileged to be central to that.
What history is is the 25,000 year transition zone. Before you enter the zone, you're in animal. After you leave the zone, you're a God.
If my ideas seem strange to someone, I ask them, “Can you imagine this planet in 500 years? Can you imagine this planet in 1000 years?” No. No one can imagine that, because processes are now in play which so totally rewrite the script that no one can imagine.
This is what it's like when a species prepares to depart for the stars. You don't depart for the stars under calm and orderly conditions. It's a fire in a madhouse. And that's what we have – the fire in the madhouse at the end of time.
This is what it's like when a species prepares to move on to the next dimension. The entire destiny of all life on the planet is tied up in this. We are not acting for ourselves, from ourselves. We happened to be the point species on a transformation that will affect every living organism on this planet at its conclusion.
Terence McKenna grew up in Paonia, Colorado. He was introduced to geology through his uncle and developed a hobby of solitary fossil hunting in the arroyos near his home. From this he developed a deep artistic and scientific appreciation of nature.
At age 16, McKenna moved to Los Altos, California to live with family friends for a year. He finished high school in Lancaster, CA. In 1963, McKenna was introduced to the literary world of psychedelics through The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley and certain issues of The Village Voice that talked about psychedelics.
McKenna claimed that one of his early psychedelic experiences with morning glory seeds showed him "that there was something there worth pursuing." In an audio interview Terence Mckenna claims to have started smoking cannabis regularly during the summer following his 17th birthday.
In the early 1980s, McKenna began to speak publicly on the topic of psychedelic drugs, lecturing extensively and conducting weekend workshops. Though associated with the New Age and human potential movements, McKenna himself had little patience for New Age sensibilities. He repeatedly stressed the importance and primacy of felt experience, as opposed to dogma. Timothy Leary once introduced him as "one of the five or six most important people on the planet."
He soon became a fixture of popular counterculture. His growing popularity culminated in the early-to-mid-1990s with the publication of several books: True Hallucinations, relating the tale of his 1971 La Chorrera experience; Food of the Gods; and The Archaic Revival. He became a popular personality in the psychedelic rave/dance scene of the early 1990s, with frequent spoken word performances at raves and contributions to psychedelic and goa trance albums by The Shamen, Spacetime Continuum, Alien Project, Capsula, Entheogenic, Zuvuya, Shpongle, and Shakti Twins. His speeches were, and are, sampled by many. In 1994 he appeared as a speaker at the Starwood Festival, documented in the book Tripping by Charles Hayes. His lectures were produced on both cassette tape and CD.
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