Thursday, May 29, 2008

Being One with Tony Parsons & Jerry Katz
And Seeing Seventeen Days Later

Synchronicity happens. On May 12, I blogged a short poem using Timothy Leary’s psychedelic dictum. On May 12, unbeknownst to me until today, Jerry Katz blogged a piece about that same dictum being turned on its head, using Tony Parsons as the guide:
“Drop asking ‘why’ and simply become totally involved in the absolutely wonderful miracle of life just as it is, right here, right now. Can you not see that whatever has just happened for you at this moment has never happened before and will never happen again? It is totally unique and fresh and innocent, and it is here and then it isn’t. Isn’t that just great?”

Seems like Tony is saying first to drop out: “Drop asking why…”

Then he’s suggesting you “see” the moment for what it is, or tune in. “Can you not see…?”

Finally he asks you to value the moment, to be turned on to the moment. “Isn’t that just great?” It follows that you will “turn on” others to become inclined to drop out.

Using Leary’s terms, those three invitations might be re-phrased as, “Drop out, tune in, turn on,” the reverse of what Leary declared.
Coincidence is just an exclamation of the universe. Telling you to listen.

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