Well, i do like you, so i will say, honestly:
I think that by interpreting Aya through this academic jargon, you have done a disservice to this experience. I think you've tried to graft these ideas about a "radical political imaginary" onto the experience because you have an attachment to the way that using these ideas makes you look smart in the eyes of people from whom you want recognition. I find it hard to describe the talk as furthering any agenda other than the reification of your own attachment to being seen as [whoever you think you are] . It introduces nothing that I have not heard before, and I can pretty confidently say that there are 0 people that are going to think: "well, I'm really on the fence about the therapeutic applications of Ayahuasca, maybe I'll use this video to decide" .. in terms of your audience, you're knocking on the open door ..
Your verbosity obscures, rather than illuminates .. "Ayahuasca indexes robust forms of cultural critique" - it just sounds a bit rich, mate.
"not confined to critiques of unsustainable resources and anthropogenic ecological crises" - really! Wow!
"capitalism, materialism and consumerism are put on trial" - well h o l y s h i t !
(what does this putting on trial look like?)
Darpan's idea that consuming plants from the forests we're destroying will somehow stop people killing the forest is simply a joke. I've seen posts by YOu, in this very forum, confessing that you've drunk brews made from Northern Brother wattle. Didn't stop it from getting smashed to bits in the wild. there's also a member here who you may know, who has made a fair chunk of money out of holding Aya circles - but again, it didn't stop him from wantonly decimating wild obtusifolia populations on the north coast, and helping others to do the same. if you ask him he even has the audacity to say that they told him to do it.
Aya is not a truth syrum. you have distorted the experience by trying to make it fit into ideas that suit your own attachments.
The 'truths' of Aya are noetic. Those who speak, don't know; and those that know don't speak. I dig that you're into this, and you would probably be a fun dude to hang out with, but you put this out there to be judged, and i feel if i have anything to offer, it's through honesty rather than disingenuous praise.
Edited by Seldom, 23 March 2015 - 08:19 PM.