Thu 4 May 2006
As Gary Snyder said in his essay, Notes on Religious Tendencies, “Being high all the time leads nowhere because it lacks intellect, will, and compassion; and a personal drug kick is of no use to anyone else in the world” (Portable Beat Reader, 306). Throughout Tom Wolfe’s, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Ken Kesey and the Pranksters were all about getting high and meditating in order to “get them there”. It was their ultimate goal to travel the country and introduce these acid-tests. It was important for them to send the message out that getting high would help you get wherever you needed to go. But as Snyder said, you can’t rely on the effects of drugs to get you anywhere in life; meditation and hallucinations aren’t enough. Unfortunately, Kesey and the Pranksters caught on too late because of their ultimate failure. When it came time for the graduation they all realized “they blew it”. This phrase was repeated over and over again to indicate to each other this really was the end. The group had finally reached their downfall and nothing could be done to pick them back up. Even though this group of drug-users got as far as they did, they weren’t able to make it all the way because of their sole relial on drugs. They needed more in their lives to get them to that final step…the graduation which they all had looked so forward to.