Marijuana is a hell of a drug with a bunch of weird potential side effects. For me these include obsessively watching super hero cartoons that were technically written for children, but for other people they sometimes involve going completely crackers and thinking they’ve written the “next Bible”. This is a conflicting story. On one hand, it’s good to see psychedelics making someone question consensus reality, on the other, ummm, holy crap does this look like the most trite, half assed self help bullshit in history. How is it getting hyped in places like VICE?
“It’s a late afternoon in January and he’s relaxing at his family’s 1,500-acre ranch outside Killeen, Texas.”
Oh, got it. Read on over at VICE.
“Will von Bolton was 25 years old the first time he smoked weed, and his life has never been the same since. It was von Bolton’s first step on a journey that cost him his marriage, his possessions, and very nearly his sanity in order to write Loophole to Happiness, a 585-word book that he believes could be “the next Bible.”
“Every thought I had felt profound. I’d literally been living 25 years, I smoke this joint and think completely different thoughts,” von Bolton, who is an ex-musician who at the time was a creative director for a recording studio in Dallas, says of that first time getting high. It’s a late afternoon in January and he’s relaxing at his family’s 1,500-acre ranch outside Killeen, Texas. “I started writing down every thought I had. I didn’t know what was happening, but at the same time I wanted to reverse-engineer my own happiness.”
Von Bolton hasn’t stopped taking notes since, and now, 10 years later, the kitchen table inside the compound-style ranch house is full of his notebooks. Scrawled in red and black ink are mantras, mottos, sketches, and diagrams, page after page, spread across more than a dozen notebooks—and those are just the ones he’s filled since finishing the Loophole to Happiness manuscript in the spring of 2016. The book was published January 1 by Clovercroft Publishing.
If von Bolton’s story is one of excess, then the guiding principle of his book has been a rigid adherence to simplicity, clarity, and self-discipline. That’s because he’s built the framework of his thinking around the metaphor of a computer, or what he calls “an operating system for the mind.”
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