1950’s American Housewife

On acid…

It’s always funny to me to see how drugs affect people differently. I do know for a FACT though that the acid created back in the day was far better than the stuff you can find these days. It’s simple really, before it was banned there were government tests where acid was created in pristine laboratories under scientifically scrupulous conditions. The LSD they produced was a calculated chemical equation with a seriously invigorating and awakened high. I’ve watched several videos of old tests but this one was truly the best. It just opens up a myriad of questions for people that had never before grappled with these kind of questions. It opened up an entire generation to the phrase, “Turn on, Tune in and Drop out.” It wasn’t just a silly phrase it was a movement. People were now thinking in ways that the 50’s cookie-cutter lifestyle no longer provided answers. The only answer was simply to create one or to stumble across it through genuine thought. There have always been great periods of revelatory thought that begged the human condition to be pushed and pulled until something genuinely novel was created. Greek philosophers did it in their day and the Renaissance thinkers left lingering hints for disaffected youths throughout the 20th century. Now we find ourselves stuck in a cultural bias of a Consumer Class that idealizes those prospects that gainfully employs citizens. It cares nothing for our originality or thoughts so long as we provide the means of production for an economy based on materialism and consumerism.

Without steering completely down that road of a Global Studies major gone mad, I’ll stick a fork in the sidetrack to return to what it is that really matters. Happiness. Go to 2:30 in the video. The man asks her, “How do you feel inside.” The question perplexes her for a moment as she’s stunned by what the word “inside” has meant to her for so long. “Inside” has meant something one feels, something experienced that can fit a  description for others to also experience. We’ve created an entire understanding of the word and upon hearing it, she’s dismayed because there is an inequality in experience and knowledge. She knows how she must answer the question yet the definition of “inside” is severely lacking in her new societal context. She’s on LSD for God’s sake! Words no longer hold the same meanings because they’re simple signifiers of something that is “signified” only in the context of a society she’s slowly slipping away from. Watch her try and describe what being “inside” means to her. “It would all be all one if [the man] weren’t here.” She tries to retract the statement but it sticks with me. The man is prodding her with a societal stick, begging her to bridge the gap between the two concepts when she could just as easily be happy in a concept she’s discovered for herself. In the end, society wins and she plays nice with the man so as to include him (as social inclusion has us do every day).

Then you can tell her genuine amazement – and I mean the full intent of that word. Take Louis C.K.’s analysis about when and how to use the word (from 14:0000:35 two vids). She looks around at the vivid colors she’s always taken for granted and feels the air that has always been there but never considered. Think about how no one ever considers whether or not this air is safe to breath or not because we just breathe. After the initial examination and experience of our first breath, that’s it, and we never consider it afterward. Now, she’s caught up in re-learning her surroundings and it’s causing her an extraordinary bliss. At 4:27 the interviewer asks, “Is all this pleasant or unpleasant?” He sets up a binary opposition where something must be one thing or another. In that opposition there is the inherent “good” in the signifying word “pleasant” and the inherent “bad” in the signifying word “unpleasant”. How does she respond? 5:00 “You shouldn’t say anything about anything being or not being. This is reality.” The deconstructionist Derrida subscribes to this realization of resisting the urge to categorize and fit perfectly our situations and surroundings. Things are to be experienced and evaluated under our own pretenses and thoughts. THAT is what drives happiness. Instead, we are given our thoughts and even the materials for thoughts and driven mad by the cultural bias that affords no room for success in any means other than the predetermined “norm”.

5:47 “If you can’t see it then you’ll just never know it. I feel sorry for you.” This describes perfectly the state of dissatisfaction our generation. We’re given materials for our happiness and the end point; at which financial gain and  economic power are eagerly awaited. However, if you can’t see that there are other ways to happiness and seeing things from different perspectives, you’re lost before you’re ever found. Take it for what this is – a message to open your eyes past the 1950’s housewife, the Renaissance Enlightenment and even the Greek philosophers. Think for yourself and discover the true joy that will follow.

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About twogirlsonestone

I'm a graduate of Saint Lawrence University where I got my degree in Global Studies major with a focus on European and Islamic Studies. I'm particularly interested in Muslim immigration in Europe. I use this blog when I'm bored or if I find a lot something interesting. I spend an inordinate amount of time online and thought it's time to post a collection of my favorites for friends to view.
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