Moses, Mohammed, the Mountain, Psychedelic drugs and Original Thought

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The line between brilliance and insanity may be thin, the simple truth is that the world faces problems of the gravest degree and change is necessary, yet there whatever movements that exist that favour change it is clear that there is a devoid of leadership which mus be addressed in order to move humanity forwards.

Th Prophets

It has been alleged that thinkers such as Moses, Mohammed, or even Jesus were actually high on psychedelic or psychotropic drugs at the time when when they did their greatest thinking and it does have some relevance the thinking of some modern day artists who have been known to use such drugs but it could also be argued few of these have ever reached the clarity of thought of those historic thinkers. Muhammed may have had his cave in the mountains where he was able to clear his mind and think through the challenges his people faced, he was able to understand solutions he felt appropriate for his people. Jesus and Moses would also have needed somewhere to think and contemplate and develop appropriate action and we are told in the scriptures about Moses spending time up the mountain. Although it should also be recognised that in this respect the mountain may be more a legendary aid to defining their greatness, a means to paint the picture rather than a reality.

Do drugs aid thinking? Going on the evidence of the psychedelic eras in our recent past some thinkers may be considered original but many also show signs of insanity however it must be recognised that there may be a fine line between the brilliant and the insane and whether a creative mind is on one side or the other at any moment in time may have much to do with how the drugs are used and how much the user lets go of their faculties and the logic they consider. What they contemplate may be as problematic as their state of mind.

Psychedelic Thought

There are several claims regarding he value of such drugs:

Each of these articles have followed some research into this area and it is generally agreed hat some hallucinogens, when used in the right dosage can trigger transformative spiritual states, but get the dosage wrong and the whole experiment can end in terror or panic and perhaps death, call me a coward, but I would no be prepared to try something where the possible side-effect is death.

Omnipotent Beings and Leadership

This is not a commentary on whether you should believe in an all powerful, omnipotent being or force as that is a personal choice, but about the development of thought, certainly some of the thinking developed was certainly in response to what they perceived as the evils of their time (indeed some things that may be considered the evils of all time) for example how Jesus turned over the tables of the money lenders at the bazaar and the fact that Mohammed detested the drunkenness and disrespect he observed in 7th century Arabia.

Truth is that throughout history there has been much use and abuse of drink in all forms of society, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and others yet modern scientific research shows that moderate drinking may actually be good for people. There is certainly a valid argument today that money lending is the root of much misery, certainly it seems Thomas More in his Utopian ideals, as well as Karl Marx, in pointing out the need for a society without money with an ideal of equality, but we seem to be a long way from achieving such goals with how bankrupt our society seems at times these days, perhaps a modern day "Mohammed" or "Marx" needs to face their mountain in order to challenge the problems of today. They need to reach a level of clarity in order to become creative, they need clarity not only to see the evils of our society but also visualise all possible alternatives and beyond that know what will work and what does not this is the way of a true leader, but as a part of this process they put aside their own personal needs to visualise the greater needs of all.

Desire for Change?

Is it possible to analyse and drive such overwhelming and lasting change in the modern era? There is certainly no reason not to, the question is whether there is a desire for change as in the times of Moses or Jesus because certainly the need for change certainly exists and the challenges of this day is arguably as dire as any that existed in those bye gone days, yet in addition to ideas and clarity of thought we also need a visionary leadership that is able to see the future, but is the answer biblical in proportion? Arguably so, but remember this when you understand the underlying story Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and others wanted change for their people and that need certainly exists today with much if the world being bankrupt both financially and in terms of ideas about a direction forwards, people are crying out for change but there is no leadership nor visionaries with a viable plan to resolve the issues facing people in the 21st century and this is a massive problem.

Whether you believe in a spiritual solution, a political solution, or some other kind of solution the need for change is overwhelming.

New Leadership Required

Leadership and new directions of humanity requires both an understanding of the challenges of our times and an ability to identify a solution and help humanity change.

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author avatar M G Singh
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Nice post Peter. The world is getting more complex

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Oh yes and there are those who say the "tree of knowledge" was a magic mushroom. Christians often claim it to be an apple, but the bible does not specify what it was, it says it grew in the shade of the forest - well that is where mushrooms grow - not apples.

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author avatar Retired
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Very interesting reading. Personally, although I believe in God, I don't believe in prophets. The fact that those you mention could have been stoned out of their mind reinforces my belief that they were all one sandwich short of a picnic. Some people even regard Bob Marley as a prophet! He was permanently high on pot. History should tell us what to expect when a single man can bring about huge change among the masses, especially when the change relates to religion.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
31st Jan 2014 (#)

Bob Marley's not a prophet? Man, now I have to re-think everything! Dude! Be back later.
(LOL)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Thought provoking, Peter. It is tough to have a leader who is head and shoulders above the rest in modern democracies. An "undisputed leader' can be stalled by a small fry in a democratic set-up. I do not know whether another Lincoln or Churchill can rise in our midst. They are easily brought to earth. Even religious leaders like Jesus, Mohamed, Buddha will have to fight against greater odds as all are under the scanner all the time and given no quarters - siva

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author avatar shannonfarlouis
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Very interesting read!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Great post, and I agree with Siva that it is very absorbing. My right-wing, conservative world view was completely turned around when I ingested Stanley Owsley's pure LSD-25 in San Francisco in 1969, and I've been thinking crazy thoughts ever since.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Jan 2014 (#)

fascinating read Peter...someone very wrongly once slipped me LSD back in the 70's and I became a rod of golden light stretching through eternity..however I am not an advocate of any drugs for they block your Light...

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
1st Feb 2014 (#)

NIce post!

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Feb 2014 (#)

A great read. Thank you.

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author avatar Mike Anyayahan
12th Feb 2014 (#)

I like this article.

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author avatar Retired
20th Apr 2014 (#)

Psychedelic phenomena is well known in the history of religions; but in my view the Hindu traditions and Yogis had the best explanation of it. In Hinduism one learns about phenomenon like Samadhi (ecstacy), Moksha (liberation), and sadhana (self mortification or fasting). I think it is more a phenomenon than a drug, that is a part of religion. By phenomenon I mean the discipline of living in the best possible state of material happiness, in the worst possible material existence. Incidentally, this is also what the addicts seek, but without involving any discipline. Cheers

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Apr 2014 (#)

Sachal, those certainly some additional thoughts. on the subject, and I know there are people that are able to discipline themselves to reach certain states.

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