From the 70's to the 90's was a period of turmoil for me, ended by the responsibility of single parenthood that began in 1993. 1970 found me recovering from a school year of chaos where I transformed from a beer drinking party animal to a drug-taking hippy.
It's cold in Atlanta - Joe Sigur - your'struly, Blindlight
Atlanta was not New York, or San Francisco, and was several years behind the menu being served in those parts. Drugs literally went mainstream in the public psychology in the late 60's. All folks after that have never known a society not fixated on drugs. We now know the CIA served up the drugs they wanted coming in in the 60s to promote radical change towards an NWO. In a sense, I was one of the guinea pigs who took part with no tutorials issued of what to be wary of. The previously discussed dysfunctionality of my family unit made for a semi-unconscious desire to become someone or thing else and the boozing and the heavy drug use became the vehicle for me to imagine something better
Due to some lack of respect needed when partaking in acid trips I had had euphoric to terrifying encounters with the mind-altering states I had entered. I went through one phase where I came to the conclusion that the natural state for a man of knowledge was to will himself out of the world to a higher reality. That scared me and I found drinking kept me grounded and distracted from that.
Hendrix, Morrison, Prine, and Dylan were all messiahs to me. all cluing me in to facts, heretofore passed by by all my previous contacts or was it just that I had changed and now saw the real "big picture"? It was our generation that saw clearly the failings of all others or so we thought...or better yet, was that idea of itself planted from on high to subvert the established order for those living out of sight, out of sound, out of mind?