Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Two Commandments for the Neurological Age

In 1966, Timothy Leary, Ph.D. and psychedelic pioneer made the following proclamation, which ushered in the “Neurological age”. In retrospect, this designation seems more appropriate, more vital than the widely used & popular “information age” moniker. It places emphasis on the sentient being that receives the “information”. The proclamation took the form of “Two Commandments”…

1) Thou shalt not alter the consciousness of thy neighbor without his or her consent.

2) Thou shalt not prevent thy neighbor from altering his or her own consciousness.

Addendum: Dr. Leary later added a third commandment: Thou shalt make no more commandments.

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery…
none but ourselves can free our mind”

- from “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley