“…the marijuana consciousness is one that, ever so gently, shifts the center of attention from habitual shallow, purely verbal guidelines and repetitive secondhand ideological interpretations of experience to more direct, slower, absorbing, occasionally microscopically minute engagement with sensing phenomena.” – Allen Ginsberg / writer, activist
Alright, he’s wordy. But Ginsberg’s ideas aren’t that complex in this short excerpt from his essay “The Great Marijuana Hoax”. To put it simply, or at least simply enough that one can understand his poetic phrasing while high, weed helps to digest knowledge. Further, Ginsberg here advocates for direct experience, something he felt could be accomplished best with pot.