Union of Opposites: Trump Selects War Cabinet, Psychedelics Make Mainstream Waves

The last few weeks have been, well, strange.

While the next President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has been selecting his war cabinet, a neurosurgeon to lead Housing and Urban Development, and was endorsed by and may have endorsed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who said he’d be happy to slaughter 3 million Filipinos … psychedelics made big waves.

On Tuesday, Nov 29th, the FDA approved MAPS’ Phase 3 clinical trials for MDMA for PTSD. Time, New York Times, The Guardian, PBS, and of course, The Onion.

On Thursday, Dec 1st,  Johns Hopkins and NYU both published new papers on psilocybin for cancer-related anxiety and depression. CBSABCTimeNew York TimesScientific American.

“The alchemist saw the union of opposites under the symbol of the tree, and it is therefore not surprising that the unconscious of present-day man, who no longer feels at home in his world and can base his existence neither on the past that is no more nor on the future that is yet to be, should hark back to the symbol of the cosmic tree rooted in this world and growing up to heaven – the tree that is also man.

In the history of symbols this tree is described as the way of life itself, a growing into that which eternally is and does not change; which springs from the union of opposites and, by its eternal presence, also makes that union possible. It seems as if it were only through an experience of symbolic reality that man, vainly seeking his own “existence” and making a philosophy out of it, can find his way back to a world in which he is no longer a stranger.” – Carl Jung

A similar union of opposites seems to have happened as LSD made its way into the world in 1938-1943. But why was Albert Hofmann riding a bike?

“I asked my laboratory assistant, who was informed of the self-experiment, to escort me home. We went by bicycle, no automobile being available because of wartime restrictions on their use.”


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