Lophophora williathemsii, known by its common name of peyote, is a spineless cactus found in southern Texas and northern Mexico.
Loopy William-Themes II, or Dicky the Second, was a nervous, paranoid wreckage of exquisitely arranged intelligent cells. For some reason everyone he met praised him for showing them “the way”. Loopy had no idea what they meant. He enjoyed chili and other things.
Although the flowers on the cactus do not bloom on a regular basis, when they do appear, they produce a pink fruit that is edible.
Loopy had an embarrassing involuntary physical reaction whenever he was in the company of someone he saw as attractive. Acceptance was often orally communicated. And some swallowed everything. They were the attractive ones; soulful, naïve, innocent eyes betraying their wild, almost, trance-like behaviour. They need and want and are satisfied. “If they swallow that” thought Loopy, “they’ll swallow anything!” As soon as he thought he’d thought of it and then written it down on the only available piece of paper, which happened to be a correspondence informing him of an appointment with a friendly mental health practitioner, he began to weep with joy.
“I AM a charlatan!” he announced with despair, although if you looked carefully there was a smile.
Interestingly enough, the purpose of the mescaline found in the peyote cactus is to repel potential predators.
Loopy often thought about this paradox/conflict/schism/…” Nature involves my having a mechanism with which I can repel predators; salespeople, priests, bishops, politicians – except Chris Bryant – righteous, manipulators of the mind. Isn’t it amazing Derren Brown does good things? Think of what he could do.”
And then Loopy remembered what he wanted to remember from reading this article, which he knew would increase his ego because he’d already mentioned how clever he was at the time. The funny thing; since this was written, doubt has begun to set in. Maybe it’s not as funny as you thought. Maybe you should get back on topic.
The cactus is very small and has no spines to provide protection, so it instead produces mescaline. The mescaline causes a severe reaction in animals that eat it. From then on, those unfortunate enough to eat the mescaline will avoid it in the future.
“If you’re no more than an animal” shouted Loopy, “then you deserve whatever comethgh. If you want to be the Alpha Male go ahead. If you can.”
Peyote is currently listed as an endangered species, due to over-harvesting and slow growth in the wild. Cultivated peyote grows somewhat faster, but still takes at least three years to mature. The cactus is limited to a very small region, so the rate at which it is being depleted is alarming. When grown and used in a sustainable manner, peyote can provide a number of spiritual and cultural benefits to the Indian tribes that use it.
There are many artists. Beware any that declare their art as being “correct”, “informed”, “true”, “false”, etc., Cultivation and protection are necessary. You wouldn’t cultivate and protect – as honestly as best you could – a fragile living thing? Beware of increasing opportunities for other people to make something of you that you didn’t intend. Mind you, it’s their bad experience. If used correctly then one may experience joy regardless of distance although the greater distance does encourage inspiration. Interestingly a degree course in fine art lasts three years. Some degree of maturity may have been reached before, during, or after those three years. To date: there are no Indian tribes that I’m aware of that know about or have seen my art.
“Thank you for your time.”
“No, bloody, worries mate!”