Nicholas Di.


I found it hilarious when I read the fake suicide attempt Kesey tries to mastermind for himself. It is just a humongous debacle. Noting goes the way Kesey had planed it would and nobody believes he is dead. For starters, the suicide note that Kesey and Mountain Girl wrote together while they were high on marijuana described a completely different suicide then the one that Dee actually carried out. It is usually not a good sign when the suicide described in the note, doesn’t coincide with what actually happens. For instance, Kesey says in the note that his truck crashes into a redwood, but in actuality the truck is dumped off the side of a cliff. This is because Dee runs out of gas and has to call a tow truck to help him make it up the hill. He can not ask the tow truck to run the car into a tree, so instead he asks the tow truck driver to help throw the car of the cliff. In conjunction with this, Dee brings the car to a cliff which is so desolate that no one notices the suicide for a long time. Now, I always thought that someone who commits suicide wants to be found and not be left on the bottom of a cliff somewhere. This whole suicide is being played off as a joke and for someone like Kesey who really wants to escape it is the feeblest effort to do so I have ever seen. The marrypranksters are supposed to be good at this sort of thing, but instead they look like a bunch of idiots running around.

In the chapter, the unspoken thing, the notion of humans being always 1/30th of a second behind from the original happening of events was quite interesting. Kesey, no matter how hard he tries can not overcome that 1/30th of a second mark to be in the “now.” He, as well as all other humans are always acting on something that already happened. Now to me, this plays into the issue of how some religious people, think that God has a plane for us in life and each one of us is put on this earth for a specific reason. Starting from the movement we are received, we are essentially living a life which was predetermined for us by a higher form. Each step we take and every decision we make is leading us to an outcome that has been assigned to us. We can not escape the confines of this outcome, because we can not move as fast and live as fast as the original happing of things. No matter what kinds of drugs we take and how we go about living our life, we can not break the barrier and are still living in a “movie from the past.”
Kesey, says that’s on the buss, each person is able to do there thing and no body can scrutinize them for it. The thing that each person does, is them doing what they were put on this earth to do. That person can not help but act in the way which he was determined to act, thus it is not his fault if his actions are not condoned by others.

In the begging of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, the narrator expresses how Bobby Petersen is in jail for fighting a marijuana charge. He is fighting this charge on the grounds that “marijuana was a religious sacrament for him” (Wolfe 6). Now, what struck my attention, was how Petersen is expressed by the narrator as a “saint, as nearly as I could make out” (Wolfe 6). This was baffling to me, because when I first read and thought about this line, I could not understand how someone who was fighting to try to get off from a marijuana charge could be a saint. However, when I assessed my criteria for someone to be considered a saint, it began to make a little more sense to me. I believe that a saint is someone who has a certain view on a controversial issue and acts on their view regardless of the possible consequences to themselves. A saint, has a mass following and never gives up on this fight, but dies trying to be heard.
Peterson had both of these things and this is why his following of people thought he was a saint. He has a substantially large body of people who agree that marijuana is used as a religious sacrament and that being arrested for the usage of this item is preposterous. In every group of people, there is a main figure head that acts as the leader. And when a big enough following emerges, this figure head is built up in the minds of the followers to be almost of a supper-human stature. When this happens the leader is thought of as a “saint,” just as Petersen was.

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