"I think my heart is more open to all interactions with other people,"
"I feel that I relate better in my marriage,"
"At the end of the session, I was just in this joyous, happy, relaxed state," she said. "The drug was gone—what was left was just this peaceful calm."
"I don’t think it was the drug that did it," she said. "It was the drug that helped me find the clarity."
"I’m not afraid to die anymore."
Countless thousands of times, in every language since man began to eat those weird little mushrooms, a waterfall of these feelings has cascaded from the minds and mouths of humanity. But the above quotes are different. More important. See, these are all from a 100%-positive yahoo story on the medicinal benefits of psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.)
In my mind, this is a truly monumental step for intelligent discourse in our country. Yahoo, the “Two and a Half Men” of internet news, has presented a story that not only displays the positive benefits of a hallucinogen, but actively disregards the common slanders (a direct quote: “Stories, perhaps apocryphal, circulated about people jumping out of windows while on LSD,” The usage of apocryphal is purely editorial.)
I can’t imagine a world where a plutocracy willingly distributes the feeling of transcendental inclusiveness, but this is one step toward that.