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Later in the same LSD session I remarked to Joe, ―This stuff is all very well. It‘s very pretty but it‘s trivial.‖ Joe said, ―What do you mean, trivial?‖ I had been watching endless shapes and colors collapsing and breaking and reforming, and I said, ―Yes, it‘s trivial. It‘s like the patterns of breaking waves or glass. What I see is only the planes of fracture, not the stuff itself. I mean that Prospero was wrong when he said, ‗We are such stuff as dreams are made on.‘ What he should have said is, ‗Dreams are bits and pieces of the stuff of which we are made,‘ and what that stuff is , Joe, is quite another question.‖ Even though we can discuss the ideas which we ―have‖ and what we perceive through our senses, and so on, the enveloping question, the question of the nature of the envelope in which all that ―experience‖ is contained, is a very different and much more profound question, which approaches matters that are part of religion. I come with two sorts of questions posed by these stories: What is the nature of the continuum or matrix of which or in which “ideas” are [[p_071]] made? And what sorts of ideas create distraction or confusion in the operation of that matrix so that creativity is destroyed? In 1974, I received a phone call from Governor Brown‘s office, asking me to give the speech at the Governor‘s Prayer Breakfast. It seems t hat every state governor and the president has an annual ―prayer breakfast.‖ This institution was originally started by some members of the national Senate. The felt it would be a good thing.
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I was a little hesitant and pointed out that I am after all only an unbaptized anthropologist. Was that really what the governor wanted for his prayer breakfast? Well, yes, that was what he wanted. So I consented to give the speech. The speech was to be in January, so there was plenty of time about five months. But quite soon I received a fat envelope from the office of Judge MacBride, the principal federal judge in Sacramento. He would be master of ceremonies at the breakfast and was clearly worried. He told me at some length that this was a valued religious and traditional occasion and indicated that I should respect its traditions and, to help me, he even sent samples of other speeches delivered by other persons at other prayer breakfasts. So I wrote out my speech. The judge had instructed me that it should be eighteen and a half minutes, so I wrote it out a thing I rarely do and I sent a copy to his office to relieve his anxiety. Here is what I wrote and later read to the assembly: I am an anthropologist. And the task of an anthropologist causes him to land himself in strange places. That is, places that are strange to him but, of course, not strange to the people who belong in those places. So, here I am at the governor‘s breakfast in what is for me a strange place but what is for many of you a place where you belong and have your natural being. I am here to relate this strange place to other strange places in the world where men
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