Sun 23 Apr 2006
On page 73 of the Electric Koolaid Acid Test we recieve an interesting insight into group harmony, where harmony is dependent on respecting the action of each individual. While the rules that Kesey lays out seem to be the rules for the physical cross country bus trip that they are about to take part-in, one must remember that much of the physical trip will involve pschedelic trips and it is apparent that it is this psychedelic element which the rules are intended for. Because pschedelic trips involve the altering of the conciosness and mind, it becomes easy to question ones thoughts and subsequently question why one is questioning these thoughts and a complex chain reaction which can easily send one into an extremely self-conciouse cacoon. Negative interference, and questioning of ones actions by friends further exasterbates these emotions leaving one in what is known as a bad trip where everyone and everything seems to be against you, and where it seems as though nothing can be done to regain sanity except for the unforeseable end of the drug wearing off.
That being said, Kesey’s rules should make more sense as he says, “All of us are begining to do our thing, and were going to keep doing it, right out front, and none of us are going to deny what other people are doing.” Jane then solidifies what he is getting at by saying “Bullshit” to which Kesey replys “bullshit is her thing and she’s doing it.” Kesey then progresses on to clarify the fine line of what is and what isn’t acceptable so as to allow everyone to best enjoy their trip when he says :
“If somebody is an ass-kicker than that’s what he’s gona go on doing on this trip, kick asses. He’s going to do it right out front and nobody is going to have anything to get pissed about. He can just say, “I’m sorry I kicked you in the ass, but I’m not sorry I’m an ass-kicker: That’s what I do, I kick people in the ass.”73
Accepting people for who they are is esential on a psychedelic trip, and interestinly enough, once one realizes that each persons’ ultimate happiness rests on the ability to be free to act, and to be free from criticism for those actions when tripping, then why shouldn’t this ethos apply to life outside of psychedelics.