This morning, I took a glance at my RSS feeds and ran across a short quote by a gentleman named Terence McKenna. I’d never heard of Mr. McKenna before, but the quote really struck a chord with me. I re-read it a couple of times before doing a little research on the author.
The cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation.
Wow… yea, so that quote hits home. I don’t think I could have ever arranged those words in such a manner, but I definitely agree with the author. And the more I step away from the world the more sane I seem to feel.
So, who was Terence McKenna? Well, he’s the type of person I’d normally never listen to. His beliefs are the total opposite of most of mine. He was a huge supporter of psychedelic drugs and was even a champion of the Mayan 2012 end of the world theory. He seemed to be looking for a little sanity in an insane world in a way that I would never go about, but judging by his thoughts about the world I have a feeling he and I are/were both looking for answers to the same question.
I don’t have a grand dissection of this quote or even much more to say on it, other than I felt like sharing it because sometimes it can be a little lonely feeling like you are outside the asylum looking in.
The full quote can be read below:
The reason we feel alienated is because the society is infantile, trivial, and stupid. So the cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation. I grapple with this because I’m a parent. And I think anybody who has children, you come to this realization, you know—what’ll it be? Alienated, cynical intellectual? Or slack-jawed, half-wit consumer of the horseshit being handed down from on high? There is not much choice in there, you see. And we all want our children to be well adjusted; unfortunately, there’s nothing to be well adjusted to!