You Don’t Really Need It

“A hippie is supposed to be someone who becomes aware– you’re hip if you know what’s going on. But if you’re really hip, you don’t get involved with LSD and things like that. You see the potential that it has and the good that can come from it, but you also see that you don’t really need it.” ~George Harrison

I’ve never bought into the idea that you have to chemically alter yourself to see reality clearly.

I suppose everyone does what they have to do to clear the windows of perception, but using drugs to achieve it seems kind of like going after a fly with a sledgehammer:  you’ll solve the problem, but there’s going to be some collateral damage.



  1. Pablo Cuzco

    It helped many, including George, to wake up. Yet, I can understand the reverse reasoning. Those woken by it made others aware there is peace, there is love. The war-hawk life we were taught was not everything. The commercial-combine of the 50s was not happiness.

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    • If you had a medical problem you wouldn’t prescribe something for yourself. It would be too easy to misdiagnose, misinterpret, misunderstand.

      I have the same concerns taking drugs for a spiritual reason. It’s not that the chemicals themselves are intrinsically bad, it’s that the circumstances under which they’re taken are often less than ideal. The right drug at the right time can do a lot of good; the wrong drug at the wrong time can do a lot of harm.

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      • Pablo Cuzco

        This is why the experiments by Huxley and the early pioneers of psychedelics in the 50s and sixties are so important today. The Summer of Love and the Acid Tests that came later were random and uncontrolled. Too many bad experiences came out of it. It’s a shame it happened because a lot of our generation got lost along the way. Now psychiatrists are reexamining the benefits of LSD and Psilocybin for depression. In low doses the results are promising.

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