Altering your consciousness is a natural instinct. People do it, and always have. So have monkeys, and otters, and bugs and…well, pretty much everything. Interrupting old thought patterns is essential to all life, and perhaps the worst fate any organism can suffer is staying in one place mentally for an entire lifetime. The only way to create change in the world is to create a change in your own thinking, even if other organisms think personal exploration should be forbidden.
Psychedelic enthusiasts often claim pretty much every good thing came from mind-altering substances. In some cases, they even theorize that one likely led to another. Mead might have been discovered when folks were looking for ways to preserve mushrooms containing psilocybin, which may or may not have been a pleasant surprise in the moment. It would be pretty hilarious if it were true, since alcohol ruins and ends a lot of lives while natural psychedelics have still killed a total of zero people.
I guess gateway drugs are real after all. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #075 – Life Seeks Higher States!”
Mount Everest is so tall, you can see it from pretty far away. This created a bit of a problem for British surveyors, back in the day; so many people who lived in the area could see it, and everyone had their own name for it. Unfortunately, all the different names were far from similar. Since they liked to name things so much, often without regard for the local language or people, they went ahead and dubbed it Mount Everest.
Sir George Everest had a problem with that, and did not see the situation as the honor the guy who suggested it probably thought he would. He argued that there was no way to spell his name in the languages spoken nearby, and pronouncing it would be even harder for the locals than spelling it. Despite his protestations, the name stuck; we don’t pronounce it the same way he did his name, but we shouldn’t feel too bad about that. The locals get it wrong, too. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #073 – Mount Everest Is An Open Graveyard!”
You might think I’m here to mess with Christians, but I’m really not. Organized religion has a lot of benefits, and many of the most morally upright and friendly people I have known have been subscribers. Just because I choose a more solitary path in fulfilling that part of me doesn’t mean I don’t see the value in other people having that option. Most religions have practical day to day applications that can definitely lead some folks to a better place. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #072 – Most Christians are Lutheran!”
I can’t say exactly how long I’ve known decaf coffee has caffeine in it, but there was definitely a time when I thought it didn’t. Maybe this is one of those things we all learn when we’re kids, and take for granted the rest of our lives; but even if that were the case, it would still qualify as a thought that hurts to think. Why the hell do we call it decaf, if the caffeine hasn’t been removed?
Good God, folks…is nothing sacred? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #071 – Decaf Coffee Has Caffeine In It!”
You might expect something as boring as the food pyramid to have a pretty dull history, and you’d be mostly right. Some of what I found while reading up on all this surprised me, though; and it might surprise you as well. One thing I didn’t know is that America did not come up with the food pyramid, or officially adopt anything along those lines until 1992. That idea originated in Sweden, although I remember it being taught when I was a kid as if it was our own; but that was long before 1992, so I may not have been paying as much attention as I could have been.
Actually, that’s a pretty likely scenario. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #070 – The Food Pyramid Was Wrong!”
Food is extremely important for pretty much everyone. There are supposedly people throughout history who have reached a level of spiritual enlightenment that has enabled them to leave the need for physical nourishment behind, but that’s just something I’ve read. Everyone I’ve met so far eats food.
Or do they? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #069 – All Food is Genetically Modified!”
A leading newspaper blew the lid on this so long ago, and news of it spread so fast, this particular item fell from outrageous story to another common piece of knowledge that makes us slightly uncomfortable with pretty alarming speed. Rather than call the people who duped us out for doing the duping, we all collectively shrugged our shoulders and filed it away in our own mental category that may well be labeled Thoughts that hurt to think.
It’s a great title for a mental category, after all. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #068 -They Lied To Us About Sugar!”
The last thing anyone expects from everyone is complete consistency. We are human, after all; and mistakes are part of that reality. Most of us learn from those mistakes and do our best to make sure we don’t make them again. We apologize to the people affected by our missteps, and do our best to make up for whatever damage we did by overestimating our own abilities or letting something slip our minds.
Except weather forecasters, of course. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #067 – Weather Forecasters Get Paid To Be Wrong!”
The first time I was old enough to be aware of an upcoming presidential election, I remember hearing some adults discussing the candidates. They were talking about how things may change if one guy got elected, or what might happen if the other guy did. Someone mentioned the promises one candidate was making, and how everyone would benefit if he followed through on what he vowed to do once in office. Another adult chimed in, and said he was only making those promises to get into office; he had no intention of following through.
At this point, I thought a little childish wisdom might liven up the conversation. I piped up and said that if he didn’t keep his promises he should not be allowed to remain in office. This resulted in a lot of laughter and a couple nods, and one particular response I would never forget. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #066 – Politicians Are Liars!”
As tempting as it is to echo the sentiments of generations past when we talk about the United States, the truth is that the country changes so much so quickly that we need to drop all those old sayings to really sum up what America is all about today. This nation may have been founded on certain principles, and may have even held tight to those principles for some time; but power corrupts, and the dual temptation of power and profit turned out to be impossible to resist in this case. Even if it changed the entire thrust of what America was once all about, succumbing to these temptations was simply too appealing to our politicians as a whole. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #065 -America Has More Laws Than Any Country In History!”