…psychedelics… climate grief?
…part of what psychedelic therapy [ie, particularly in clinical settings] seems to do for individuals is reconcile them to death. And that sort of acceptance is the last thing you want in a climate activist!
You are less likely to objectify nature after a psychedelic experience. A high dose psychedelic experience often shrinks the ego. The ego typically perceives the world as if there’s a single subject – you – while everything else is an object. This sort of egotism, I think, is at the heart of our environmental crisis – our ability to objectify nature and see ourselves as standing outside of it. Once you objectify something, it becomes a thing you can use for your own purposes, that you can exploit. So, to the extent the psychedelic experience seems to bring down these walls of ego and open up this powerful sense of connection, it has – at least theoretically – the potential to shift consciousness around the environment.
Original Article (The Guardian):
Can psychedelics treat climate grief?
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