Listened to an interesting record:
Timothy Leary: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
I agree with what he is saying, except the last point. The “drop out” part. I was thinking about this and came to the following realization:
It really should be, from our point of view, as people who support Humanity+ and the Overview Effect:
Turn On, Tune In, Dig In;
His secondary additional maxims were “Be Cool, Be Compassionate”.
Which I changed to “Be Mindful, Be Compassionate, Be Patient”
Why “Dig in”? Because as the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas book teaches us:
“We” had all the momentum, riding the crest… and then it subsided and left its mark on society… It subsided for various reasons, but I think we gave up hope because the change did not come fast enough.
But change comes from within, you cannot force change on someone, they have to change themselves. Drop out, then is the wrong action. You do not want to drop out, you do not want to be forced out by society, you want to dig your heels in, and “Turn On” as many of the “others” as you can. By turning on, I mean not changing them or trying to convert them, but, like us, educate them, show them how to see. They can take it or leave it. But while doing this, we must Be Mindful, Be Compassionate, Be Patient.
There is a Houseboat meeting with the “Hippie Elders” that talks about this a bit:
Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Allen Cohen.
Psychedelic Salon Podcast 193 — Alan Watts & friends “The Houseboat Summit — 1967
It is actually the continuation of and discussion of Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out. Which they specifically talk about the Drop Out part, is exactly not the right thing to do. And bring up social anarchism.