Speaking The Unspeakable: Maui, 1994 (Terence McKenna)


Lecture given by Terence McKenna in early 1994 on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Originally aired as “In Praise Of Psychedelics” on The Psychedelic Salon Podcast.

Thanks to Kevin Esbensen

Art by: Spayce

Quotes by: Terence McKenna

“Speaking about the unspeakable means stretching the envelop of what can be said. When new things can be said new plans can be laid, new directions can be found out of a crisis.”

“Psychedelics are catalysts for the human imagination. That very simply is what they are.”

“We seem to be the creature that can download the ideas, the Platonic perfect forms of a higher dimension, into the world of matter. And so where we are there is an interfacing between the world of ordinary nature and some kind of transcendent force.”

“Science has steered us deeply into the notion that nature is soulless and spiritless. And the practice of this idea has led us to the brink of catastrophe, global and species and ecological catastrophe.”

“Anyone who loves adventure, and who loves life, and who loves the experience of being, has an obligation, I think, to explore this [the psychedelic realm]. It’s as much a part of your identity as your sexuality, your ancestral history, or your hopes and fears. And to ignore it is to choose to play with less than a full deck. Don’t do that. Play with a full deck!”

“People didn’t care for the Holocaust, that was a moral outrage, but the policies of the Roman Catholic Church push more people into early death, disease, and poverty than the Holocaust ever did. And yet, they’re perfectly free to run their bingo games and appear among us. Why? They should have to answer for this outrage.”

“Millions of people right now are being warehoused by television. Television is the heroin of the electrified middle class.”

“It’s ridiculous to criticize a drug you haven’t taken. It’s sheer, boneheaded, know-nothingism.”
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