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Watch: Terence McKenna Asks ‘What Does It Mean To Be Human?’

by April M. Short

on April 17, 2015

“Part of the package of being a living, thinking being is that you get a universe inside you,” says Terence Mckenna at the onset of a video clip titled “What Does It Mean To Be Human?” The video takes an audio recording of the famed psychonaut’s description of the essence of the human experience, set to a backdrop of stills. Cutting between images of galaxies, nature and artwork, Mckenna’s words describe the magical, endless potentials of the conscious experience.

He considers the ways in which we can delve into our own minds and mitigate our own suffering through psychedelics and other natural means of consciousness exploration.

At the end of the clip, he asks: “What kind of structures, if any, can we put in place to assuage the pain and accentuate the glory and the wonder that lurks waiting for us in this very narrow slice of time between the birth canal and the yawning grave?”

Watch the video below.