“Beware of unearned wisdom.” – Carl Jung
Unearned wisdom is exactly what I consider any delusions of enlightenment from drug use to be.
“Plant medicine” advocates such as Joe Rogan, Graham Hancock, and Ben Greenfield have gone so far to encourage even the harder hallucinogens, specifically ones that contain DMT or mescaline chemical compounds.
Hancock has even suggested politicians shouldn’t be elected unless they have experienced the induced states from these drugs. (Source: somewhere in this 2hr45m podcast, a great watch in its entirety though!)
But here’s my question: If these powerful drugs truly have the power to grant enlightenment, why is it necessary to continuously experiment with repeated uses?
Greenfield himself has interesting habits with plant medicine, as he makes regular tri-monthly trips with his wife, and will introduce his children to it as a rite-of-passage, which he mentions in the podcast below (sorry, I watched it some time ago, don’t have the timestamps, but it’s a really great and humorous episode! I recommend the whole thing.)
All of this in order to “dissolve the ego,” he claims.
However, only a few moments later did Ben reveal that he has too much of an ego to adopt a more communal/free-love lifestyle some users adopt after experiencing the drug, as he would prefer to have more control over his family to further the “Greenfield legacy.”
Huh? Legacy? Why would anyone with a “dissolved ego” care about legacy?
Here is precisely why chemically induced enlightenment is dubbed “unearned wisdom.”
Now, I’m sure the native populations that used these drugs also did them quite often, (but they didn’t have the internet, so I won’t blame them), but they also built a culture that supported the intentions behind the drug.
When their ego was dissolved through the psychedelic experience, they returned to a collectivist society where last names didn’t exist or matter, children were raised by the village, and men and women both had multiple spouses.
There was no concern for an individual legacy.
In the same way that you are a multi-cellular organism that has combined into one singular entity that is your human body, each member of these indigenous tribes were just individual cells that sacrificed their ego for the good of the collective.
Taking DMT and feeling connected to the world and all of humanity is great and all, but if only a few days or hours later you are browsing Instagram at the airport on the way back home, this is not the best way to integrate this new enlightened persona you’ve temporarily adopted after using these drugs.
If I wanted a medicine to bring me enlightenment, I would want it to be a one-shot cure, and not a prescription drug.
Thoughts? Have you had any experiences with psychedelics? Let me know in the comments.
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