“We are a world dying under anesthesia, for lack of authentic experience, authentic connection with the living world out of which we came.” “What we have to do is feel our dilemma.”
Terence McKenna comments on the ecological crisis we find ourselves in.
Part of our Promethean and godlike aspiration to the control of nature is the concomitant obligation to CARE FOR NATURE and to FEEL NATURE. So really, my message here is a message of FEELING. The ideas will come. The ratiocination will come. But what we have to do is FEEL our dilemma. If we could feel our dilemma and make other people feel our dilemma, we could move rapidly toward real solutions. We are anesthetized; we are a world dying.under anesthesia for lack of authentic experience, authentic connection with the living world out of which we came. If we can do this by whatever techniques are available, if we can create a sense of community – globally – then attending that sense of community will be a sense of caring and responsibility. It cannot happen unless we CHANGE OUR MINDS. We have the technologies, money, the logistical ability to do almost anything in the human world but we don’t know how to change our minds. We are angels with a Siamese twin who is a monkey growing out of our chest. And this was all very fine when there were endless environments to despoil and vast herds of game. That curious amalgam of the animal and the angelic that is our humanness could exist in that kind of environment, but no more. And for the past thousand years, the moral bankruptcy of Western civilization has become more and more apparent… We MUST build community, and we must do it in a short time. We’ve lost our compass. We don’t know who we are, we don’t know where we want to go. Our own lives are an experience of inadequacy and tension. We have lost our compass – BUT IT’S THERE.”