The Appeal of Violence

We have to accept what we are – emotional creatures equally attracted to violence and peace. And in some situations violence was predominant – for example The Winning of the West involved the complete destruction (killing) of the American Indians – and the herds of Buffalo they lived on.

America has invaded every country in Central America, except Costa Rica – and supported governments, such as in Guatemala – that practiced genocide.

And continues to purchase drugs, in large quantities – that fuels much violence also. This is violence by the drug users against themselves – and much more violence – between the drug cartels themselves. Any attempt to legalize this – a sensible alternative, it seems to me – is rejected out-of-hand.

Why this is so, we do not know – but the effect is clear enough – violence everywhere.


Kate del Castello and El Chapo

New Yorker

I just spent an hour this morning reading this – it’s well-written.

Ms Castello, now an American citizen, is living in her home Los Angeles, and cannot enter Mexico, because she would end up in a Mexican jail herself.

She has often played women who got involved in the drug trade, for various reasons, and her Latino viewers loved her in that role.

She is not having much luck developing other roles for herself in Hollywood – that has little interest in what goes on south of the border.

This is a story about a movie that never got made – but did advance the careers of many people in the business – North and South.

Hallucinogens Have Doctors Tuning In Again

NY Times

As a retired clinical psychologist, Clark Martin was well acquainted with traditional treatments for depression, but his own case seemed untreatable as he struggled through chemotherapy and other grueling regimens for kidney cancer. Counseling seemed futile to him. So did the antidepressant pills he tried.

Nothing had any lasting effect until, at the age of 65, he had his first psychedelic experience. He left his home in Vancouver, Wash., to take part in an experiment at Johns Hopkins medical school involving psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient found in certain mushrooms.

“There’s this coming together of science and spirituality,” said Rick Doblin, the executive director of MAPS. “We’re hoping that the mainstream and the psychedelic community can meet in the middle and avoid another culture war. Thanks to changes over the last 40 years in the social acceptance of the hospice movement and yoga and meditation, our culture is much more receptive now, and we’re showing that these drugs can provide benefits that current treatments can’t.”