Aluminus wrote:@pollywog: have you read "The Doors of Perception"? (Huxley, same guy who wrote Brave New World)
Not yet. But I do know that the title come from a William Blake poem, and that Jim Morrison named the Doors after it.
I've wanted to read it for ages, but it never even occurred to me to google it. It's good already.
We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.
I know exactly what he's getting at here. So many times I've tried to explain to someone what a hallucinogen is like, but you never can. Everyone has a different experience.
Confession: I talk about drugs way too much. Sorry. They've just been such a huge part of my life for all I can remember.