I thought a lot about the Mysterious Mind of Mine blog earlier this week during the hours afterwards; I don’t know if it was because I’d wrote in the blog about a couple of corrections dropping into my mind.
Blogging about Blog Corrections
I thought about a couple of corrections for that blog, but they were just general little edits, developing over time after its writing, rather than specific precise thoughts dropping down from nowhere.
I think that shows how even something so seemingly simple as blog corrections can have distinctions, and be very different.
There’s enough material in my books, and especially my last one XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, to continue blogging for years just discussing them, but is it worth it/interesting enough for the current climate of book readership and social media?
Dr. Timothy Leary
I just dropped Leary’s name into that blog post, stream of consciousness style, and should have given him his proper title of Dr. Timothy Leary, being a fellow Ph.D.
I hadn’t read anything about him for years, and just remembered him as one of the biggest free thinkers of the 1960s and 1970s. I just looked him up on Wikipedia, and see his life as a mixture of success and disarray, as many of those in that counter-culture time seemed to end up.
Do I think his life should be celebrated? In some ways, greenYgrey style! I think he brought some new ideas and theories to humanity, but his personal life was a mess, and he probably went too overboard with it all.
I lived most of my adult life in a neo-pagan travelling and academia style like Leary, and think there are benefits to those who seek that life and knowledge. I think they are limited though, and you can only improve your mind rather than find out ‘the truth about life and our place in the universal everything’ as The Who song The Seeker, which references Leary cites; and Buddhist marathon-running monks attest.
As the quote from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Wikipedia suggests, those who get too heavily involved face the danger of losing themselves, as there are so many people ready to take advantage, and now so few places on our congested planet to escape them:
‘What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped create… a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody… or at least some force – is tending the light at the end of the tunnel.’
I was interested to read that about The Seeker, as Guns N’ Roses are currently including it in their sets.
I asked Bobby Dylan
I asked The Beatles
I asked Timothy Leary
But he couldn’t help me either
Read more: Who – The Seeker Lyrics | MetroLyrics
Moreover, some of Leary’s last words, repeated, were ‘Why’ and ‘Why Not’ ; could he have put the raising in prominence of the greenYgrey Y into my head, with some of his futuristic time-travelling thinking from his cryogenically preserved head?
I think not, but you never know!?
As For Russell Brand
While Leary was obviously a genuine free thinker, I consider Russell Brand a fake. While Richard Nixon called Leary the ‘most dangerous man’ in the USA at the time, I think Brand was only dangerous in a fake delusionary way when his Revolution was published a couple of Christmas ago by a corporate publisher.
So, I only want to change the description from ‘pathetic in-time-for-Christmas-sales-window-bookshelves Revolution!’ to:
‘ pathetic in-time-for-Christmas-sales-window-bookshelves anti-capitalist Revolution!
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