Looking at the Big Picture
Our planet’s biosphere is currently experiencing a serious crisis. A massive loss of biodiversity, toxic nuclear and petroleum leakage into the oceans, heavy metals spewing into the atmosphere, climate change, and other frightening ecological dangers could easily lead to our own extinction.
Environmental instability and unsustainability exist on many levels, due to our species’ lack of foresight and ecological blindness, which places the future of human civilization in great peril. The very perspectives that we need and that we seem to lack as a species—compassion, ecological awareness, empathy, cultural boundary dissolution, creative thought, and spiritual connection—appear to be fostered by the use of psychedelic drugs and plants. Sadly, Western cultures universally prohibit the personal use of these sacred medicines.
However, maybe the situation isn’t really as bad as it first appears. I suspect that plant spirits—the wisdom of botanical intelligence—specifically designed psychedelic chemicals in order to activate those parts of the human brain that cause us to question the integrity of our culture, and to place a greater value on genetic or primal intelligence than on cultural beliefs.… Read the rest