It is, I hope, hardly necessary to add, as we try to understand and deal wisely with the problems of religious freedom, that the freedom and dignity of the nonbeliever – the agnostic or the atheist – is as precious and as much to be protected as that of the believer. Earlier, we would have called ourselves a ‘Christian nation.’ More recently the phrase is a ‘religious nation.’ Someday, we may come to think of ourselves as a spiritual nation, deeply involved in the quest for truth about the nature of the universe and man’s place in it.

                           The Supreme Court on Church and State, (1962)


Over There: At the Rose Gardens Tennis and Debating Club in Berkeley, we find a distinguished foursome–Joe Tussman, chairman of the Philosophy Dept. at Cal; Jack Welch, Prof. of Astronomy there; Republican Politico Phil Evans, and Myron Moskowitz, Prof of Law at Golden Gate University. As they were waiting for a cout, the three Profs fell to talking about delis in the Bay Area, at which Irishman Evans interjected, “How come all the Jews I’ve ever known are so interested in talking about food?”  “I guess,” ventured Prof. Tussman, “it’s because history has taught us that the next meal may well be our last.”

                                  Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle

>Got a hunch metaphor is to blame. We express an event in terms of another
>event, rarely in terms of itself alone.

I like what you said about metaphor. And I agree with you. But it reminds me of something that happened to me long ago. It was in my early acid days. I had a trip which was all about metaphor and had reached conclusions similar to those you expressed. At a meeting of the experimental college a few days after this trip I proclaimed that “Everything is a metaphor.” Without missing a beat my mentor of that moment, Joseph Tussman, who was a philosophy Prof. at Cal. looked across the room at me and said. “What about articles? And, or and of? Are they metaphors?” I am still mulling that reposte

Terence McKenna, in conversation with Robert Hunter


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