Thanks, and enjoy the music! ~'tpb'
|Hunter S. Thompson & Oscar Zeta Acosta, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV (1971)|
"This was the fatal flaw in Tim Leary's trip. He crashed around America selling 'consciousness expansion' without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all the people who took him seriously. After West Point and the Priesthood, LSD must have seemed entirely logical to him . . . but there is not much satisfaction in knowing that he blew it very badly for himself, because he took too many others down with him.
"Not that they didn't deserve it: No doubt they all Got What Was Coming To Them. All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours, too. 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 that Light at the end of the tunnel."
-Hunter S. Thompson (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, 1971, 2nd Ed., pp. 178-179)