How Prohibition Of Psychedelics Violates Our Right to Liberty and Happiness
Ladies and gentlemen, let us take a moment to contemplate the immense hypocrisy of our government. They claim to protect our individual liberties, yet they continue to deny us the very freedom to access psychedelics for our own self-exploration. This is not just a contradiction, it is a violation of our fundamental rights as human beings.
The United States of America was founded on the principles of individual freedom and religious tolerance. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of religion, which includes the right to practice one’s own beliefs and customs. However, the use of psychedelics for personal exploration is generally considered illegal under U.S. federal law, which can create tension between personal freedom and the law.
The use of psychedelics for personal exploration is not a new concept. For thousands of years, humans have been using these substances to explore their consciousness, expand their minds, and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them. Yet, despite the evidence of their potential benefits, the government has chosen to restrict access to these substances, demonizing them as dangerous and addictive.
The use of psychedelic substances for self-exploration and spiritual growth has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. Despite this fact, the government has deemed many of these substances illegal and has prevented individuals from accessing them. This has caused frustration among those who advocate for the use of psychedelics, and some have even gone as far as to say that it is a violation of individual liberties. As the famous psychedelic user, Terence McKenna, once said, “The government doesn’t want people to think for themselves. They want everyone to be the same and follow orders. That’s the way they control people.”
But let me ask you this: who are they to tell us what we can and cannot put into our own bodies? Are we not sovereign beings, with the right to make our own decisions about our own consciousness and spiritual exploration? The government’s insistence on controlling our access to psychedelics is a blatant violation of our individual liberty.
As the great Terence McKenna once said, “We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together.” Psychedelics offer us the opportunity to look inward, to confront our fears, and to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe.
This sentiment is echoed by many other famous psychedelic users, such as Albert Hofmann, who discovered LSD. In his book, “LSD: My Problem Child,” he writes, “I see the prohibition of LSD as a crime against humanity. It’s a suppression of our freedom to explore our own consciousness, and it’s an insult to the human experience.” Similarly, Timothy Leary, the famous Harvard professor who became an advocate for LSD use in the 1960s, stated, “LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have not taken it.” His point being that the fear of the substance is often unwarranted and based on unfounded beliefs.
Despite the potential benefits of psychedelic use, the government has continued to prohibit access to these substances. This has caused many to question the government’s motives and its supposed commitment to protecting individual liberties. As Aldous Huxley, the author of “The Doors of Perception,” once said, “To forbid or even seriously to restrict the use of so gracious an herb as cannabis would cause widespread suffering and annoyance and to large bands of worshipped ascetics, deep-seated anger. It would rob the people of a solace in discomfort, of a cure for the pangs of starvation.”
The government’s stance on psychedelic use has also caused some to reflect on their own responsibility in the matter. As the famous musician, Jim Morrison, once said, “The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.” His point being that by allowing the government to deny us access to psychedelics, we are also complicit in our own suppression.
The government’s insistence on maintaining this prohibition has caused many to question its motives and has led to frustration among those who advocate for the use of psychedelics. As the famous philosopher, Alan Watts, once said, “Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen.” It’s time for the government to reexamine its stance on psychedelic use and allow individuals the freedom to explore their own consciousness. Shame on the government, and shame on us for allowing this to happen in the first place.
As a nation founded on the principles of freedom and individual rights, it is shameful that we have allowed this violation of our liberty to continue. We must demand that our government respect our right to explore our consciousness and spiritual selves through the responsible use of psychedelics.
In the words of the legendary Albert Hofmann, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” Let us take control of our attitudes, our consciousness, and our spiritual growth, and demand that the government respect our individual liberty to do so.