THE STAGE SET FOR MY LIFE
We are creatures of instinct, habit, spontaneity and creativity, in that order. Like a colony of bees or ants, we are led by an instinct that surpasses us. The sun and planets move us. Cultural trends shape us. Our social and economic status determines lifelong views, as do the values of our parents, sex, race and religion. Our educational system, friends, enemies, husbands, wives, and ultimately children influence our actions. Under such conditioning, what determines whether we follow the herd or express authenticity and independence? The infallible hermetic law that states, “like attracts like” has us being born at specific moments in history that colour our temperament and predict our inclinations.
I was born in 1943 in the midst of World War II. That year, Joseph Mengele became chief medical officer in Auschwitz and the Warsaw ghetto uprising ended. The Spanish Civil War was being fought, a coup d’état was taking place in Argentina, another in Bolivia, and Mexican riots arose in Central America. During the very same period of time that LSD became known, Chiang [...]