Terence Mckenna – We have gone sick – The challenge

Terence Mckenna – We have gone sick – The challenge


we have gone sick by following a path of untrammelled
rationalism, male dominance, attention to the visible surface of things, practicality,
bottom-line-ism. We have gone very, very sick. And the body politic, like any body, when
it feels itself to be sick, it begins to produce antibodies, or strategies for overcoming the
condition of dis-ease. And the 20th century is an enormous effort at self-healing. Phenomena
as diverse as surrealism, body piercing, psychedelic drug use, sexual permissiveness, jazz, experimental
dance, rave culture, tattooing, the list is endless. What do all these things have in
common? They represent various styles of rejection of linear values. The society is trying to
cure itself by an archaic revival, by a reversion to archaic values. So when I see people manifesting
sexual ambiguity, or scarifying themselves, or showing a lot of flesh, or dancing to syncopated
music, or getting loaded, or violating ordinary canons of sexual behaviour, I applaud all
of this; because it’s an impulse to return to what is felt by the body — what is authentic,
what is archaic — and when you tease apart these archaic impulses, at the very centre
of all these impulses is the desire to return to a world of magical empowerment of feeling. And at the centre of that impulse is the shaman:
stoned, intoxicated on plants, speaking with the spirit helpers, dancing in the moonlight,
and vivifying and invoking a world of conscious, living mystery. That’s what the world is.
The world is not an unsolved problem for scientists or sociologists. The world is a living mystery:
our birth, our death, our being in the moment — these are mysteries. They are doorways
opening on to unimaginable vistas of self-exploration, empowerment and hope for the human enterprise.
And our culture has killed that, taken it away from us, made us consumers of shoddy
products and shoddier ideals. We have to get away from that; and the way to get away from
it is by a return to the authentic experience of the body — and that means sexually empowering
ourselves, and it means getting loaded, exploring the mind as a tool for personal and social
transformation. The hour is late; the clock is ticking; we
will be judged very harshly if we fumble the ball. We are the inheritors of millions and
millions of years of successfully lived lives and successful adaptations to changing conditions
in the natural world. Now the challenge passes to us, the living, that the yet-to-be-born
may have a place to put their feet and a sky to walk under; and that’s what the psychedelic
experience is about, is caring for, empowering, and building a future that honours the past,
honours the planet and honours the power of the human imagination. There is nothing as
powerful, as capable of transforming itself and the planet, as the human imagination.
Let’s not sell it straight. Let’s not whore ourselves to nitwit ideologies. Let’s not
give our control over to the least among us. Rather, you know, claim your place in the
sun and go forward into the light. The tools are there; the path is known; you simply have
to turn your back on a culture that has gone sterile and dead, and get with the programme
of a living world and a re-empowerment of the imagination. Thank you very, very much.

42 thoughts on “Terence Mckenna – We have gone sick – The challenge”

  1. I've added a full transcript, if anyone wants to translate it into their native language that would be great so more people can watch it, please message me.

  2. Much love for all of my brothers and sisters out there, and much love for our growing community on this side of culture! Peace to everyone

  3. this makes me cry so much, EVERY SINGLE TIME i watch this, and i watch it nearly EVERY DAY… :')  THANK YOU SO MUCH @EtherealExposition 

  4. The sickness has a cure. We know what to do. Open our hearts and our imaginations.
    Another great offering. Gracias.

  5. I'm so happy that the truth is becoming mainstream, and it's all because of the internet! Change is near and all we have to do is keep shouting! Advocate! Share! Inspire!

  6. WHATS THE SONGGGGG PLSSSSS    ITS THE CHILLSTEP VERSION  OF  EAT ME ALIVE BY METRIC BUT I CANT FIND IT.. GIVE ME THE EXACT NAME SOMEONE PLS

  7. i know you are a great video creator/editor…
    but i had some thoughts about the music being a little bit to loud EtherealExposition

    Keep up the good work! 

    your videos are very entertaining to watch!

  8. @EtherealExposition, i would really love to use this clip in my research video about the etymology of culture. i of course give full credits to your production of it. 🙂 and would love to show you the finished video.  how did u get the copyright claim released by FOX for the clips of The Fountain? thanks. much Love and wsidom

  9. Why do most channels insist on contaminating and diluting Mckenna's voice with competing music? And with lyrics, no less? Can any of you just share Mckenna without ego?

  10. Every time i hear this i just cant help but dream of the day…what if after you die its like spilling out of this long twisting dark tunnel waterslide and just realizing what the hell was that?? Thats how i think this existence will seem in the end…a big dark fun waterslide that we had no idea we were riding!

  11. it seems like modern culture today, aka consumerist politics, is exactly as Terrance McKenna feared.
    he was speaking of the elephant in the room that everyone wants to deny exists. we are societies bitch, a slave to material safety. drives me up the fucking wall when I try to understand it all, because I hate that I have to accept the fact that so many people could not understand what I mean, nor care for the ideas I express..
    I wish I could talk to someone about it, but who the hell would understand?

  12. I’ve only recently found this video but I’ve been digging McKenna’s messages for some time now! Big Ups to All of you who made the choice to walk this path! ✊🏽

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