It was the end of the world as they knew it. It was the Age of Unreason. Works of pop art like the Campbell’s soup can by Andy Warhol, the Impossible Art of Ralph Ortiz killing chickens,and Dennis Oppenheims, “Cyclonic Extensions” virtually rivaling the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and other classic works. Anti-Art and anti-Reason. The young had always been anarchic and rebellious, the the 1960′s generation, was unique in rejecting not only the official lifestyle of its elders, but rational thought itself. Great Buddha, could they have been right?:
“Moreover, during the past decade of discord and discontent we have witnessed a movement away from reason and toward mysticism, which appears to be nourished in an ambience of mistrust of authority figures and of the establishment. One is aware of this in attitudes toward government, the law, the church, and education, as well as toward medicine. That the best educated and most sophisticated generation of young Americans in history should be seriously interested in astrology, palmistry, numerology, and even witchcraft is certainly an enigma or major paradox of our time. It is as if George Bernard Shaw’s caution, “Every profession is a conspiracy against society,” had been taken seriously.(John Romano) Read More: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1807408/pdf/bullnyacadmed00145-0031.pdf
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in hell
Could break that Satan’s spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died ( Don Mclean, American Pie)
“Tune in, turn on and drop out”. Owsley Stanley provided the means to do the turn on part. Stanley, who died at age seventy-six last Sunday, produced millions of doses of LSD which received world wide attention in the 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco and spread around the world….Paradoxically, the Americans who had chosen illogic as a way of life, used the classic process of reasoning to arrive at a rationale for their unreason. If reason had led men to create nuclear weapons and to fight wars, they had argued that reason itself is suspect, leaving only the alternative of unreason. If Hitler and Stalin were sane, they would prefer not to be. Besides, the reasoning went, if everyone is so close to death, if the bombs are certain to fall eventually, then life itself is purposeless, and what reason is there in reason. And, substituting the plague for the bomb, this is exactly how the sixteenth-century Europeans felt.
“By May 1965, he was back in the Bay Area with 3,600 capsules of extraordinarily pure LSD, dubbed “Owsley” by a pot-dealing folk guitarist friend. “I never set out to ‘turn on the world,’ as has been claimed by many,” Owsley says. “And I certainly never made $1 million from drugs. I just wanted to know the dose and purity of what I took into my own body. Almost before I realized what was happening, the whole affair had gotten completely out of hand. I was riding a magic stallion. A Pegasus. I was not responsible for his wings, but they did carry me to all kinds of places.”…
Throughout the summer of 1965, in a big house down in La Honda, about forty miles south of San Francisco, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters hosted wild parties with guests that included Hunter S. Thompson, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and various Hell’s Angels. When Owsley showed up one day during the fall, he walked over to Kesey and handed him a couple of hits of acid. Because Kesey had his own source (a Prankster known as “John the Chemist”) and was suspicious of newcomers, he did not seem all that interested in the gift. After sampling it, he changed his mind.” Read More: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/owsley-stanley-the-king-of-lsd-20110314?page=3
In a book published at the end of the 1960′s, Future Shock, Alvin Toffler suggested that those who joined the flight from reason suffered from a previously unknown form of physical and mental illness brought on by rapid incessant rapid change and by the ceadeless bombardment of everyone’s senses with television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, movies etc.; a never-ending mixed media show in which one is inescapably trapped. There were, said Toffler, a great number of people who could simply not stand up to this pressure. The victim of future shock, he observed, is a person who has broken down under an overload of information like a soldier who has cracked after being under fire too long.
Toffler reasoned, that those under thirty, the first generation to have grown up in Marshall McLuhan’s “electric age” seemed more than any other group to be showing the strain, perhaps they had never known anything in their lives but the relentless pressure of a supertechnological society. If the flight from reason was viewed with alarm from Toffler, the bombardment of the senses has not relented in our present age, with technology being the removed lid on repression and maybe Owsley’s LSD was a repressant and a depressant.
Man, said Konrad Lorenz in his “On Aggression” of 1966, is primarily an irrational creature, violent, hostile and aggressive, and in joining the flight from reason, he was not running away from his essential self but, unhappily, toward it. When we behave irrationally, and violently, Lorenz suggested, it is the fault of the beast within us, in whom, when the pressures are on, instinct rules over reason. And, it seems there is nothing we can do to change these instincts. The conclusion being we must change our environment by changing overpopulation which is a polite way of saying Lorenz was being an apologist for war, murder and madness, absolving man of guilt for aggressive and irrational behavior. The kind of psychological baggage that helped land him a Nobel Prize.
Running out a side door during his freakout, Owsley leaped into his car, gunned the engine and promptly ran into a ditch. When he finally returned to his physical body and found it mostly intact, Owsley was horrified by the way Kesey and the Pranksters were messing with people’s minds. “Kesey was playing with something he did not understand,” Owsley says. “I said to him, ‘You guys are fucking around with something that people have known about forever. It’s sometimes called witchcraft, and it’s extremely dangerous. You’re dealing with part of the unconscious mind that they used to define as angels and devils. You have to be very careful, because there are all these warnings. All the occult literature about ceremonial magic warns about being very careful when you start exploring these areas in the mind.’ And they laughed at me.”…
Even as he was freaking out that night, Owsley experienced the single insight that would shape his life for years to come. The Grateful Dead were not just good — they were “magic personified.” Read More: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/owsley-stanley-the-king-of-lsd-20110314?page=3
In 1967, Owsley unleashed on the Haight a particularly nasty hallucinogen known as STP. Developed by the friendly folks at Dow Chemical, STP had been tested extensively at the Edgewood Arsenal as a possible biowarfare agent before being distributed to hippies as a recreational drug. Owsley reportedly obtained the recipe from Alexander Shulgin, a former Harvard man who developed a keen interest in psychopharmacology while serving in the U.S. Navy. Shulgin worked for many years as a senior research chemist at Dow, and later worked very closely with the DEA.Read More: http://battleofearth.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/inside-the-lc-the-strange-but-mostly-true-story-of-laurel-canyon-and-the-birth-of-the-hippie-generation-part-xiv/
Read More: http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/1467277 In case it’s not already clear, the Grateful Dead, Owsley Stanley, and the Merry Pranksters were THE most important distributors and promoters of the CIA mind control drug LSD. These people did more than ANYBODY to manufacture, promote and distribute LSD. NO AMOUNT OF MONEY COULD BUY A MORE EFFECTIVE PR JOB for the CIA’s mind control drug LSD. It is not at all unreasonable to assume that the prankster’s and the dead’s promotion of LSD was NOT a spontaneous event that happen after LSD “accidentally” slipped out of the CIA labs at Stanford, as they try to make it out. The dead and their writers always try to make it look like LSD just “accidentally” got out of the army research labs at Stanford. It looks a helluva lot more like it was INTENTIONALLY released by the government masons, using Kesey, the Dead, and Owsley Stanley to hype and distribute this drug. Owsley Stanley was the greatest LSD manufacturer of all time. He is directly responsible for ALL of the LSD used at Kesey’s tests, and for the LSD that was distributed widely. He views LSD as a sacrament. You can read about his ideas on LSD here: thebear.org/essays.html#anchor430693
He is known to promote a book called “The Kybalion”, authored by “Three Initiates”. … If so, then there should be no further doubt that Owsley Stanley, the LSD manufacturing kingpin of the 60′s, was a masonic operative. His family history would certainly suggest a masonic background, as one of his descendants was Augustus Owsley Stanley, a senator from Kentucky. Is it possible to be a Senator from Kentucky without being a mason? Owsley (or “Bear” as he likes to be called) had numerous contacts in government intelligence, such as multimillionaire Billy Hitchcock, and government operative and “Whole Earth Catalog” founder Stewart Brand (also a Merry Prankster). Owsley was supposedly “busted” for LSD in the seventies. How much jail time did he actually end up doing for manufacturing and possessing enough LSD to dose the entire population of the earth a thousand times over? No one really knows. He lives in Australia now.Read More: http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/1467277
…What role did author Tom Wolfe have in promoting the LSD culture of the Pranksters? His “best-selling” book “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” took an obscure and almost entirely unknown group of people living in the woods in Northern California (the merry pranksters), and made them (and their culture of drug use and free sex etc) into international stars. Wolfe seems to have a penchant for documenting the exploits of Freemasons. Hence his book “the Right Stuff”, about NASA, which as we all know is controlled by Masons (EVERY single astronaut is a confessed freemason.) Phil Lesh often wears NASA t-shirts at his concerts. … Wolfe is this clown who lives in NYC who goes around in an idiotic white suit and hat. This is his “trademark” or something.Read More:http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/1467277 a