08 Jan Top 5 Books to Read High
The impetus for choosing these 5 books relates to opening your mind to new ideas about consciousness, society, and life in general. Their thought provoking potential will make you more high then the weed you just smoked before reading.
This short 4-page story dives into man’s greatest fear: death. What happens when we die? Where do we go? Are we re-born? Andy Weir does not have these answers but he provides an idea as to what may happen to us when we no longer exist in the physical form. His idea of I am you and you are me is very powerful for changing the way we perceive those around us. Collective consciousness is a larger concept then people give it credit for.
4. 1984 by George Orwell
A classic from 1949 is ever more relevant today in the current information age. Government agencies like NSA and CSIS now record every message and picture we send through our mobile phones. You can thank Edward Snowden for exposing our governments. The premise of 1984 is a society where the “Thought Police” monitor and control the thoughts of society. This relates to the concept of 2+2=5 because even though everyone knows it not to be true, they must believe it to avoid banishment. Soon enough many people believe 2+2=5 because it is what their society has taught them. A read when high will make you think twice next time you accept terms of service and overtly divulge all your information and photos. (*… Snapchat…. Gmail…. )
3. Jesus Weed by Gerald Taylor
A much more light read then others on the list. Jesus Weed is an incredible story of a young New Zealander who leaves home in search of the perfect high. Gerald is driven by a lust for adventure, women, and life. His journey’s take him from the mountains of Afghanistan to the outskirts of Mexico as he dedicates himself to the study and use of marijuana in all its myriad forms. Gerald gets shit-faced in all of the pot-growing strongholds of the planet and leaves you guessing as to where is the best weed on the planet. Each adventure is more incredible then the first and you will be fully engrossed from beginning to end.
2. Voltaire’s Bastards by John Ralston Saul
This is one of those rare books that changes the way society sees itself. John Ralston Saul is not scared to expose the modern power elite and the systems entrenched in modern day society. Saul starts his explanation from the Renaissance Era and shows how the elite have developed our institutional systems over the past 500 years with many concrete examples. It is a whole new way of looking at the political mess we currently inhabit.
For example, why do our governments consistently run deficits every year when they spend trillions of dollars on research and development of armaments; with the hope that this funding will “trickle down” into everyday life? How can our current economic system sustain itself when our biggest financial sector is the manipulation of money to make more money? There is no bedrock to support our current system and Saul makes the argument that it will only be a matter of time before this causes our civilization to decay and destroy like the Romans. His analysis shows us to be at a similar point in our timeline to the collapse of the Roman society. How will the history books remember us in 1000-2000 years?
As you can tell this book is very compelling, some of the chapters can be very dry but it does not require a chronological read. Pick and choose what chapters stand out for you and it will help generate the kind of serious intellectual debate we’ve been missing in the past few years.
This book revolves around the drug Mescaline and its effect on perception. Huxley goes into a trance where the eye recovers some of the perceptual innocence of childhood. The concept of time is no longer important for him and he understands more about the significance of every existent. Language becomes an ambiguous concept for him as he ponders how the grammatical structure of English has shaped his life. (This ties back to our previous article on Learning Language High)
It is a very interesting read that will help open your doors of perception. Similar perceptions can be achieved with Marijuana. You know that feeling after you hit a bowl and have the profound feeling to ponder the existence of things? This book will help to put those thoughts into words.
Leave comments below with any books you would recommend!