Shaman Has Gone Away Hunter S. Thompson 1937-2005
between the Barstow and hell, three universes past the back of my darkest recess
of my imagination, I turned on the computer and read today that the doctor is
dead. The shock began to take its effect
and I turned on the TV as some Jesus
freak hell bent on bombing people into freedom declared and declared on CNN. And
I thought of Hunter as I looked at the wire-story in disbelief.
can imagine him walking on his property somewhere in Colorado with that gun in
his hand thinking what will happen if I pull the trigger
what a trip that
will be and then he did it. And then in a parallel universe of my thoughts I had
to wonder if one of his enemies finally caught up with him
he had a lot of enemies
and one can only speculate at this moment about what
really happened to Hunter.
dont agree with suicide but I understand what might have led him to take
his final trip.
take much to figure out that on the other side of his brilliant to the point political
and sociological analysis and off the wall funny writing was a deeply self-destructive
subconscious. But, any human with the insight of Hunter is going to feel the pain
of half the world living on 2 dollars per day, slave child labor often making
our products, 30,000 children under the age of 5 die each day from conditions
that could be avoided with just a fraction of the money being spent bombing Iraq
anyone who would think this is OK would be a smug bastard indeed and smug
bastards are who Hunter clearly disliked just read his writing.
the present goes on melting into the future like some bad acid trip. Except there
is no coming down from this fistful of brown acid and I can imagine this is how
Hunter must have felt back when he wrote, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,
and what has really changed.
who knows what was really going through his head. Our constitution is under attack,
our civil liberties are being taken away, according to the government and the
media - half the world hates America, there isnt a day that goes by when
we arent warned well soon be attacked again by these invisible terrorists.
Everyone is running around all paranoid like a meth-tweaker on a 48 hour binge
constantly looking out the window every five seconds for the police or who ever
theyve imagined is after them. This paranoia cannot stand it is killing
our souls and our dreams.
Sadly, anyone who wants to analyze the situation as a free thinker might find
themselves under attack for being unpatriotic. Hunter S. Thompson was such free
thinker and he didnt give a fuck what anyone thought about his analysis
of this absurd human situation were all dealing with no matter what political
spectrum we come from, whether or not we are religious or a nihilist or whatever
signs and signifiers one might place on this unknown journey we all share as human
What is evident,
however, is truth and freedom and dissent are what our country was founded on
and what has made the great aspects of it truly great. And there seems to be precious
few contemporary voices outspoken to tell the truth as they see it no matter who
is pisses off. Hunter used the beauty of the poetic form of literature with the
techniques of a journalist to tell his version of the truth as he saw it and we
are all the better for it.
many cultures Shamans are deeply respected. The Tibetans have fortune tellers
who go into a trance, many other Native peoples use psychedelics to communicate
with the spiritual world. In our western materialism the spiritual is often overlooked.
Hunter was a shaman who wrote the truth.
a sad day for America and for humanity our shaman has left this crazy village
February 21, 2005
and Of Note It has been a year since Hunter's death and who would
guess that a fateful trip to the grocery store would be the catalyst for a sobering
perspective of the shamelessness of Free Market Folly and the elitist agenda driven
mass media doping of America.
Click Here to read Jeremy Hogan's rantflect "Musings
on the One Year Anniversary of our Shaman's Passing."
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