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Terence McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American philosopher, ethnobotanist, lecturer, writer and author who spent much of his life speaking and writing about a variety of subjects. He was very passionate about shamanism, psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, metaphysics, language, environmentalism, culture, technology, and the nature of human consciousness as a whole. You can learn a lot from spending some time reading through some of his words or giving a listen to some of the many discussions available online.  As an introduction to the great mind of Terrence here are a handful of some amazing quotes to get you thinking! 1. “The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. If artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found.”   2. “I think of going to the grave without having a psychedelic experience like going to the grave without ever having sex. It means that you never figured out what it is all about. The mystery is in the body and the way the body works itself into nature.”   3. “If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on." art by Alex Grey   4. “You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.”   5. “Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behavior and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”   6. “We tend to disempower ourselves. We tend to believe that we don’t matter. And in the act of taking that idea to ourselves we give everything away to somebody else, to something else.”   7. “The shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself.”   8. “If you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan.”   9. “Nature is not our...

Being a Cop is NOT Dangerous, but Being Around Them Is!

How many times have you heard something along the lines of "...but cops have a very dangerous job"? Maybe you have thought this about police yourself?  I can definitely see why someone would think that, but with the information out today we find that a cops job is not all that dangerous. In fact, it would seem that cops are more of a danger TO society than in danger FROM society... How dangerous is a police officers job? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police officers are 15th on the list of "most dangerous jobs in america", sitting right behind "General Maintenance and Repair" workers.  While I will not put down the dangers that come with being a police officer, is it really any different than some of the most common jobs out there? Can we really justify the "mistakes" police officers make that result in the murder of innocent civilians because "they have a dangerous job"? I do not think so.  If we put this idea to use in other jobs out there that are far more dangerous, such as taxi driver, roofers, and loggers(#1) then we should have taxis armed with shotguns and accidentally killing innocent passengers "in fear of their lives" every day. This is, after all, the case with police officers.  How many deaths are caused by police officers on the job? The truth is, we cannot know how bad it actually is with how police document the people killed by them each year. From 2009-2011, the best estimate we can come up with is almost 500 completely innocent civilians per year or 1.5 people a day. In reality, this number is much higher and is increasing every year.  In retrospect, documented murders by police officers in the last 10 years have passed those killed in the Iraq war.  Let me say that again; more people have been killed by police in the last 10 years than the entire Iraq war... "In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489. What went wrong? In the 1970’s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style “knock and announce” police raids a...