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TOTD 24 Aug 2001

The problem with Christianity is it's the single most reactionary force in human history. I don't even know what is second place, it's so far in front. And I believe that the destruction of paganism was probably the greatest disservice to the evolution of the human psyche that has ever been done. The repression of witchcraft is really the repression of botanical knowledge, of shamanism. So I see Christianity as part of this paternalistic shell game.

-Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History

European civilization's neglect of the natural world and its needs has clearly been encouraged by a style of awareness that disparages sensorial reality, denigrating the visible and tangible order of things on behalf of some absolute source assumed to exist entirely beyond, or outside of, the bodily world.

-David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

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