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March 27, 2006
Getting Deep On Hallucinations

After seeing the above optical illusion - which actually works - and hearing how someone I know spent about 100$ on a bottle of Absinthe from France simply to hallucinate, I started thinking. Why do you suppose human beings want so badly to see something different - something that isn't actually there? I feel the need to psycho-babble this topic purely for my own enjoyment. If my mumblings get you thinking as well, bonus.

So, as I was thinking about this I started to see a connection with the need to hallucinate and all the ghost hunters that are trekking about the planet right now. Now, don't get me wrong. I want proof of life after death as much as the next person. (I watch all manner of ghost-type shows. Most of the time it's a bunch of BS and a dude channeling Hendrix or some other dead famous person. Very anti-climactic.) We all want some divine hand to step into our lives and show us that big bad death really isn't such a downer. Thinking you saw a shadow in a dark hallway, or feeling a cold breath on your neck means nothing but that you have eyes and there's a bloody draft in the room. Even new houses have holes folks and shadows are commonplace in poorly lit spaces. I think people need to see or feel something. I know I do. Alas, I am torn between my dreamer-self and my analytical-self. This happens to me all the time. I think maybe there's something to the law of parsimony - or Occam's Razor. The most logical conclusion is most often the right one. So, I guess it depends on the logic of the person experiencing the events. After all, perception is reality.

If you hallucinate on Absinthe and see the Green Fairy - or whatever - what will that prove? Well, basically it proves that you ingested a whole lot of wormwood. It doesn't allow you to learn or achieve anything except that you can escape inside of a little green bottle. So, I guess the question is what are we trying to escape from and why do we have to look for truth beyond what is right in front of our faces. Are we bored? Or are we seeking something greater than ourselves? Maybe it's both. I don't know where to find the answers, but I keep looking anyway.

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