"we have been very naive about what culture is. how it is something designed for the convenience of the species.
it can turn you into a banker, janitor, celebrity, etc, with no interest in whether or not that is good for you. i think most people think when you get to be 30, 35, 40 or something, you have jumped all the hurdles. you got your college degree you had some children you made some money you lost some money you had a marriage maybe you had several. and most people think “oh yeah i’ve done it.” well, actually, the major adventure still lies ahead. the major adventure is to claim your authentic TRUE BEING which is not culturally given to you. the culture will not explain to you how to be a real human being. it will tell you how to be banker politician, janitor, masseuse, actor, whatever, but it will not give you TRUE BEING. and maybe this is the voice of one who just turned 50 talking…but i thought it would get simpler. it doesn’t because this rejection of culture thing is the last and hardest step to take. and there are all kinds of impediments to taking it. the fact that in middle age, if youve played the game right, you get a lot of money. that’s totally stultifying in most cases in terms of going forward to the next level. its almost as though culture is an enterprise help organized to buy you off at the moment when you might be most dangerous to its values and goals." - Terrence McKenna "Imagination Is A Portal"