Watchmaker wrote:indeed, didn't mean to squish your grapes, Arpangel. As a young drummer, I was a poster boy for indulging in "experimental states of consciousness". I saw many friends suffer tremendously before I got wise and, through what I can only describe as pure luck, I escaped that period mostly unscathed.
There is however, content in the human imagination that is difficult for people to access and many great works of art are due to the use of our rather dangerous friend, the opium poppy. That's not really controvertible though how people become emotionally scarred and the techniques requisite to successfully navigate that condition certainly are. I guess the question then becomes, is the outcome worth the price? Surely a personal decision and I'm in no position to judge. Life is hard, people make mistakes, and people also take serious risks to access content that is meaningful to them. I find this both terrifying and noble but I understand heavy drug use and offer no criticism to those who have to go through it.
Now if we could only channel the long smoke with a pedal, perhaps many lost creations would come into being...just don't put a blue LED on it!
And more to your point, most people really are not tremendously discerning. People mostly want comfort and familiarity, the illusion of security and our species is extremely xenophobic. Anything even slightly out of the lowest common solution set is liable to receive a rash of ill considered abuse. It's only human. It's also the reason I don't produce for publication anymore. I can't care about that, there are more interesting things in the world than acceptance by a bunch of anonymous monkeys.
Don’t worry, no grapes were squished in the making of this thread... :)
This whole subject is interesting, I’m going to be honest, I’ve never taken acid, but the fascination will always be there, and I’m a bit sad about dying and not finding out.
A lot of friends have taken it, one in particular went on to write some great music, and became a member of a very famous Punk band, another friend took it and had a really bad trip, and it made him very disturbed for the rest of his life until he died.
I suppose that’s why I’m scared to take it, but the mystery will always tempt me.
Also I’m not into comfort and familiarity, I'm always up for experimentation, I suppose that’s always been my downfall, but I don’t want LSD to be my "Moriarty"