This book is about exactly what it states on the back: Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gramme of mescalin, sat down and waited to see what would happen. He gives brilliant insight with a realistic approach into a somewhat controversial topic surrounding drugs in general, society and the human psyche.
A very intelligent, thought provoking book which powerfully suggests that drug taking- like religion is a form of a human need to ‘transcend the mind.’ He also blatantly states that the problems raised by alcohol and tobacco cannot be solved by prohibition, suggesting that the need for ”frequent chemical vacations” will be ever-present in us, calling for new, legal, less harmful drugs to be introduced as the only reasonable policy.
“Most men and women lead lives at the worst so painful, at the best so monotonous, poor and limited that the urge to escape, the longing to transcend themselves if only for a few moments, is and always has been one of the principle appetites of the soul.”
“We we’re back home, and I had returned to that reassuring but profoundly unsatisfactory state known as being in one’s right mind.”
A book for £7.99 that will make you feel less guilty the next time you wonder why you light or drink up. Worth it.