LSD media, justifications
expressed by counterculture activists for further investigation, education and
experimentation under government control of LSD were rational and valid
arguments. Sex, drugs, protests, war, political upheaval, cultural chaos, and
social rebellion; the many comforts TV dinner eating, republican voting, church
going, suburbia conformists tried to escape through conservative ideals, town
meetings, and The Andy Williams Family Hour. National consciousness in 1960s
United States was alive, but existed differently in every mind it dwelled, and
stirred uninterrupted in every life to which it was introduced. A dream of
money, success, and a house with a white picket fence still existed within the
pandemonium of the nation and many still relished in the idea of
“Americanism.” Television was a base for a magnitude of world news and
national information. Television situation comedies created ideal families and
contenting distractions from unsettling national realities. Mainstream media,
both fact and fiction, influenced the nations minds resulting in the effect
of political change and further media influence over the government. The new
decade, along with the effects of the Vietnam War and the strong influence of
television, began to leak from the cracks of the nation a new counterculture of
rebellious teenagers, unfamiliar narcotics, and a wave of promiscuity. Among the
many issues and events molding our nation into a new decade, came the question
of government and mind control. For some it was the next step into human
evolution, a potential tool for mind control, a liberator of human kind, but for
most LSD helped define 1960s counterculture, in which it was deeply rooted. LSD
has proved that the mind contains much higher powers and energies, beyond the
average10% of the brain that a typical human uses. These powers and energies,
under the right circumstances, can be taken advantage of to benefit human kind
spiritually, creatively, therapeutically, and intellectually. LSD has given
human kind the option to chemically trigger mental energies and powers.


Arguments that LSD is potentially a dangerous discovery and mind control should
be strictly prohibited by the government holds much validity, although there are
benefits and arguments of personal freedom of neurology to consider. Whether LSD
reflects negativity as a weapon and mind control drug, or radiates euphoria as a
mind-expanding chemical and sacrament, the choice to engage in such an
experience should be through personal reasoning. It is not the states and other
bureaucracies duties to take control of the human brain and body. We no
longer live in an age of industrial muscularity, and in this time of
neurological intelligence, we should have the individual choice and freedom to
further engage in the depths of our consciousness, if we are so graced with an
option to do so. “No one can limit, restrict, or try to control how you
access, activate, manipulate your own brain through the use of drugs.”
Temperance, moderation, and education should be applied to the use of mind
control, but not restricting personal freedoms of neurology. Dr. Timothy Leary
agrees: Its ludicrous and ominous to think that the government will try to
limit, restrain, control where youre going to put your head, and how youre
going to manage and direct your own neurology. Thats the basis of your own
freedom. Now, as far as behavior is concerned, if what you do in your head leads
you to violate any behavioral law, a traffic law, or impose on the rights of the
peoplethen you should be busted. But in the privacy of your own home, your
own body, and your own brain, thats your business. Likewise, other individual
freedoms justifying further investigation, education, and experimentation of LSD
under moderate government control are questioned. The freedoms of spirituality
and creativity are, similar to neurological freedom, issues in result of the use
of psychedelic drugs. Spiritually, psychedelic drugs, are sacraments: divine
substances no matter who uses them, in whatever sprit, with whatever intention.


LSD, along with other drugs generates spiritual discovery and perception.


Creatively, LSD has extreme potential; it is “a tool to explore the creative
attributes of the mind.” Dr. Oscar Janigar states, continuing that this tool
could equal to “four years of art education.” The further appreciation of
the power of human thought, and the exploration of the boundaries of the human
mind, LSD provokes, is extremely beneficial in freeing ones mind and taking full
advantage of the powers in which the mind possesses. Within these powers LSD
evokes is the capacity to resolve, therapeutically, personal emotional conflict.


Although LSD, as previously proven, has its benefits it has yet to rise above,
its often more horrifying, disadvantages. In equilibrium with the
characteristic present in most aspects of nature and society, LSD is in its
first state of progress, and still needs improvement. Dr Timothy Leary best
states this: The first Wright Brothers planes were somewhat dangerous and
rather insufficient, but you dont ban flying. The first cars, similarly,
broke down and were risky operations, but you dont ban cars. The same is true
with the drugs, which accelerate and elevate consciousness and intelligence. You
have to make them better. Through government control we can keep on trying to
make LSD better and profit from the advantages it has to offer. Unlike other
legal drugs there has been no evidence thus far, to indicate LSD to be a
physically addictive drug, although people do abuse LSD, in consequence of
ignorance. Government control could limit abuse of LSD through research,
intelligence, facts and truths (both good and bad). It is in the context of
encouraging the good uses and discouraging the bad uses of such drugs as LSD
that legislation should be enacted. Neither a complete prohibition nor a
complete lack of protective regulations would be appropriate. The government
could also make money from the sales of safer drugs with restrictions. Opposed
to drug dealers profiting from the distribution of dirty drugs. A pill does not
construct character, educate the emotions, or improve intelligence. It is not a
spiritual laborsaving device, salvation, instant wisdom, or a shortcut to
maturity. However, it can be an opportunity to experience oneself and the world
in a new way and to learn from it. Mainstream 1960s media, specifically
television, strongly dictated views and opinions of the American mind, in result
influencing the government and LSD becoming illegal. “Media controlled the
conservative mind, at least influencing it as a majority.” By 1970, 95% of
American households had a television set. Television influenced presidential
campaigns, human relations, and wars. Specifically in mainstream 1960s media,
television would prove to reshape the character of the entire political process.


In 1960, the television debates monumentally persuaded the presidential
election. New president John F. Kennedy stated “It was TV more than anything
else that turned the tide.” Mainstream media appealed to the conservative mind
set, concentrating on the conservative 30 and older ideal of Americanism or the
American dream. A sense of comfort in mainstream media was portrayed using
money, power, suburbia and the idea of a perfect family, through situation
comedies. Television shows such as “Leave It to Beaver”, “The Andy
Williams Family Hour”, “Donny and Marie”, and “I Love Lucy”, all
penetrated themes of comfort and comic relief through the realities of student
protests, non conformity, and sexual and neurological advancements. Mainstream
media and counterculture media were specifically differentiated. Mainstream
medias reaction to LSD, was a concentration of negativity. According to
mainstream media LSD was “evil” and “made people crazy.” This one sided
opinion of the drug allowed no room for justifications or education of LSD.


There was a “journalistic exaggeration of the dangers of LSD” and the
medias oppositions to the drug were highly recognized by the conservative
majority. LSD separated itself from the idea of the American dream and presented
itself as a potential problem with no beneficial results. LSD was a problem and
threat, which only contributed to the political chaos and corruption of society
in an unstable decade. Mainstream media instilled the comfort, in its public,
that if LSD were made illegal, it would become completely void. Therefore media
having a direct influence on the opinions of the majority of society, influenced
the government and LSD becoming illegal, without any room for education or
rational justification within the opposition. “Laws enacted in a climate of
ignorance and hysteria would almost certainly create more problems than they
solved.” “Acid is not some anachronism, unfamiliar to us today.” In this
quotation, Professor James Martin displays the reality of LSD in present day
society. LSD use will continue outside government control and knowledge, as long
as drug dealers are interested in making money and drug users are interested in
expanding the boundaries of their minds. LSD is far from void, despite it
becoming illegal in 1968, remaining a potential danger for anyone who uses it.


You can find LSD anywhere today: urban, rural, and suburban. The question about
LSD is not of the use of it, but the safety of it, especially since turning from
a legal drug into a street drug. The misuse of LSD, is the direct result of
ignorance, and absence of education. “Scientific investigations into LSD are
at a complete standstill.” The abuses of the drug LSD are not because of
faults of the drug or discrepancies of the brain, but not knowing how to use and
take advantage of the drug. “Psychedelics are neither good nor bad drugs; they
have good and bad usage.” There are many dangers of an uncontrolled substance,
with no alternative to expand the mind in the same ways. Americans who gamble
with these substances face these dangers everyday. No education to improve on
the abuse of LSD, or further experimentation to improve its quality to possibly
benefit from the experience of LSD are other significant problems LSD causes. In
result “LSD isnt safe, but drug dealers are becoming rich with profits that
should go to the government instead.” The negative portrayal of LSD in
mainstream 1960s media, opposing rational and valid justifications expressed by
counterculture activists to further experimentation, investigation and education
under government control resulted in the LSD becoming an illegal substance.


Since becoming illegal in 1968 LSD has not become void, as falsely represented
in mainstream 1960s media, but has become more dangerous and widely used and
misused. Government control could be beneficial in providing knowledge to
encourage safety and education to prevent abuse and misuse of LSD.


Investigations, education and experimentation of LSD could also promote the
development of better forms of the drug and further knowledge encouraging
therapeutic, spiritual, creative, and intellectual benefits. Another benefit
from the education of the government is the contribution to the goal to “learn
to have psychedelic experiences without the use of drugs.” Justifications for
the use of LSD support the notions of safer, more effective, government
benefiting circumstances for a drug, that is widely distributed and consumed
despite legal restrictions. If the government doesnt take control over LSD,
the ignorance of users and profits of drug dealers will continue. “Acid will
continue to ravage as many people as it liberates and deceive as many people as
it enlightens. Its not over yet.” And it wont end until society and the
government is ready to listen to the rational and valid justifications of both
sides of the arguments and face the realities and truths of LSD.