"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
I stopped by Vandal’s Magazine today to pick up a copy of their latest issue and catch up. I was so excited when I saw they closed the magazine with my editorial, more importantly, they closed the magazine with this image above. In it, I transcribed a quote from Terence McKenna. It blows my mind that a magazine would have the balls to publish these words he spoke:
“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
To my friends at Vandals: Thank you. You’re doing important work! We’re at the point where the generation raised on Adbusters and Vice are working with commercialism to help ease it up and move to a more productive future.
Photo: The proliferation of mobile devices since 2005.
As the Today Show points out, this comparison of the announcement of Pope Benedict in 2005 and Pope Francis in 2013 shows just how much times have changed with regards to how events are enjoyed, captured, and shared - over only an eight year period.