One thing I HATE about elections is the constant fluff. None of the candidates answer questions when they are asked–simple questions like, “how do you plan to pay for your ridiculous health care plan?” Obama’s answer to a similar question yesterday was something like, ” we have to be more fiscally responsible in America and we have to be more educated on the activities and foods that endanger our health, but more importantly we must be responsible in the area of making sure everyone has health care.”
How about answering the friggin’ question? The problem is we get so wrapped up in the charm and mystique of a candidate that we do not research the background. This is true with everything we hear from the media.
Today there is an article where an alleged intelligent professor Benny Shannon proclaims that many of the experiences of Moses in the Bible were the result of Moses taking psychedelic drugs. Seriously. This “professor” works, of all places, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. That’s right–Hebrew University.
Prof. Shannon goes on to explain this amazing discovery and backs it up with various references in the Bible to a certain type of tree bark and rituals of the time and blah, blah, blah. Someone reading this article might think that it has some merit.
If you really want to know what is going on–you have to dig deeper.
Turns out that Prof. Shannon wrote an article in the Summer of 1997 entitled “A Cognitive-Psychological Study of Ayahuasca“–The drug that the good Prof. argues was used by Moses to hear and see God and the burning bush.
This article is reprinted as a public service from the Bulletin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies or (MAPS). What is MAPS you ask? Well, let us dig a little more–come on it’s gonna be trippin’ I assure you.
MAPS is a non-profit organization dedicated to (you guessed it)-sponsor scientific research designed to develop psychedelics and marijuana into FDA-approved prescription medicines, and to educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of these drugs. Cool dude! The are actually researching (at $5million a year!) the medicinal uses of LSD–that’s right 70’s flower children–LSD. You know, the drug you took in high school that every so often continues to cause a horrific flashback nightmare. Excellent…
So what is Shannon’s agenda? Let’s dig a little more–in the article cited above Shannon states that in 1991 he was at a “scientific conference” in Brazil (all my conferences are in Houston or Dallas–boo boo boo) when “One thing led to another, and I found myself in Colônia Cinco Mil, the Daime [a syncretic religion bringing together elements of Christianity, Indian traditions and Afro-Brazilian folklore] community in the Amazonian state of Acre. I stayed with that community for a week, in the course of which I partook of ayahuasca four times.”
Here is a guy on LSD–kind of looks like the Moses picture actually. hmmmmmm….
You see–Dr. Shannon has tried this drug and liked it.–“Later from 1993 to 1995 I spent more than a year in Brazil and Peru. During this period I consumed ayahuasca in many different locales and contexts – traditional settings in the Amazon, healing sessions held by mestizo curanderos (healers), indigenous rituals, rituals of the three syncretic religions União do Vegetal, Santo Daime and Barqinia, small groups of individual persons outside any institutional settings, and alone. Except for the first few sessions, all my sessions were summarized in writing immediately after the session ended. At times I also made tape recordings of sessions.” –I bet those recording are something like listening to Ted Kennedy give a speech.
So what do we learn–that Dr. Shannon is addicted to psychedelic drugs–which he uses as an excuse to perform “research” with government grants to study the medicinal uses of these drugs he so desperately loves. Couple that with the need to remain relevant to continue this nearly 20 year quest–he attempts to make an argument-in Israel-that one of the Jewish and Christian faith’s most beloved men of God must have also been using it.–This justifies its continued use and study and argues that it is another “path to God.” Very creative.
Now what does this mean for you and me? It means we need to look deeper into the candidates claims of change, hope, health care, education, success in Iraq, etc… and find out what they really mean before we knee-jerk vote in the fall. We need to really examine them…
They all look like they are on drugs.
All I know is that I may need some AYAHUASCA to get through the next 4 years.
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