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The Other Side of Haight: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    Remember the Sixties!

    The sixties moved personal reality from an aberration to a variation. Multiple acceptable realities were born. James Fadiman¿s story, based on fact, gleefully reveals a government¿s dark secrets formulated by the aberration of a single world view carried to comical absurdity. Psychedelics and mystical spirituality shift the monomaniacal mind set of a paranoid cold war era. The bardo chapter is an exquisite description of a profound tragedy handled with grace and such extraordinary beauty that I wanted to bow down with respect. The fact that drugs merely raise the blinds on a small window, but do not open the great door to health and happiness is recognised in the departing of the main character from the drug scene in the denouement. The Other Side of Haight recalls that bewildering birth of the Age of Aquarius, those first faltering steps that preceded the quantum leap in music, philosophy, ethics and spirituality. It was not an aberration, but a stage in our society¿s development of wisdom. The flower people helped us pass through the era of one reality to multiple realities. I suspect this book was written so that we don¿t forget that insight and fall backwards into the muddy ditch of simplistic fundamentalism, which of course includes a faith founded on noxious nostrums - our current health model. The next step is up to us. Thank you Dr Fadiman.

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