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Of course, Puritan hats and shoes with shiny buckles should not be thrown out with the ideological bath water. They're quite cool. What is not cool is, as you point out with a large cudgel, interference in what adults can think and do in the comfort of their own homes.
Re Opium. I recommend that it is used only and repeatedly in extremely strict and repeatable environments that have no connection with normal everyday life. The reason being that certain molecules that will be taken in have the unfortunate result of hardwiring behaviour. Daily use for a month is enough to make quite a few neural connections and the beginning of a Learned Behaviour Disorder.
So if, for instance, you only ever take opium at 6 pm wearing blue clothes and sitting in green room with a pig, a Diamond Head lei round your neck and Nepal Flowers joss sticks on the go - then it is likely that the Learned Behaviour Disorder can be corrected simply by making any of the above elements unavailable.
It's been many years since I had opium, in Iran, which in itself was a unique enough environment to preclude any behaviour establishment, as I was only there for a couple of weeks. But the feeling was very relaxing and peaceful - and continued for several days, or so it felt.
One of the most important aspects of mind expansion is the acceptance of altered states. To become familiar with the edge, is to know your limits. Everyday W*stern life without mind expansion brings many people to edges that make them feel insane. It is good to know that it is not insanity. It makes the acceptance of indignity more bearable.
As you know I don't make much of a distinction between external and internal mind expansion. The ghost in the machine can be conversed with in many ways.
And that green tea looks delicious ;-)
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