With so many law enforcers in town, it’s an opportunity for The Echo to send a clear message to them, the community and any schoolies who may read these hallowed pages.
We agree with the late comedian Bill Hicks: ‘Not all drugs are bad; in fact some of them are great.’
My first acid trip with my father when I was 19: boy, was that an eye opener. Thankfully that experience was a guided one; many are not. And that’s the point with drug taking.
Apple founder Steve Jobs is said to have told Microsoft’s Bill Gates that he should try acid. The result? Jobs produced the iPod while Gates produced the forgettable Zune music player.
It is also very apparent who, in public life, has dabbled in psychedelics and who hasn’t. Tony Abbott? Not a chance. Paul Keating?Perhaps. The Beatles explored ‘soul-manifesting’ through acid as did Aldous Huxley. His book Brave New World was required reading at Mullum High when I went there. What is the message our education department is sending here?
If we were honest, half of us use legal prescription drugs and the other dabble in the illegal kind. Sure, there are people who don’t do either; however, the point is that there is no right or wrong, just education and knowledge of what you are doing to your mind.
In Peru’s Amazon jungle, an ayawaska ceremony is a rite of passage that takes preparation. It first starts with the ritual of boiling the plant for most of the day, then it is guided by an experienced shaman. Same with the San Pedro cactus plant, also a native of Peru. It’s called a plant medicine over there; however, here it’s an illegal drug. And as Hicks also said, ‘Making plants illegal is like saying God made a mistake.’
Laws against drugs are enforced so that those without education don’t end up in psych wards. Some people should also not do them, as it can potentially ruin their lives and those around them. And the alcohol and cigarette lobby work hard at keeping our minds from expanding while their profits continue. It’s that simple.