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fun with the fungi

January 6th, 2015



After being hailed as one of the greatest writers of 20th century, when he turned to forbidden and strange paths, he became less and less understood, and even ostracized by contemporary critics.  In his thinking, he was years ahead of what was going to happen.

Aldous Huxley turned his interests towards psychedelics as catalysts of mystical experience and possible healing agents for the violent society which lost sense of direction. This led him to write famous “Doors of Perception”, as well as his last novel, psychedelic utopia called “Island”, where a drug called moksha, inspired by psylocybin, is administered in a system of initiations, to show the Reality and Unity and to heal by this the minds which otherwise in the despair of separation would commit atrocities Huxley was able to witness in the totalitarian regimes and war.

Having fun with fungi, was the way one reviewer dismissed the book. And in interview with Playboy, Huxley responded: “Which is better,” he asked, “to have Fun with Fungi or to have Idiocy with Ideology, to have Wars because of Words, to have Tomorrow’s Misdeeds out of Yesterday’s Misreads?”






These images were shot on the last day of our mushroom guided trip through Belarus, during anniversary of the end of World War 2, in Brest Fortress, where many thousands gave their lifes for War because of Words, and Idiocy of Ideology.




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