A few weeks ago, I wrote about having gone to see Fantasia for the first time in the fall of 1974. Everyone on campus as the time looked forward to its re-release. Many friends talked about how great it would be to get high and go see it.
This reveals how drug use had changed between the 60s and 70s. Back in the 60s, when LSD and marijuana hit the scene, gurus like Timothy Leary claimed drugs helped break through the culturally- imposed barriers that stifled creativity. These barriers, Leary reasoned, turned us into automatons that could be told to go to church, fight wars, and be productive consumers. People took drugs to expand their minds and gain new insights into life. If that’s true, it makes me wonder, when you turn inward, where do the images and ideas you get come from?
Remember that people who were in their…
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