kaityjames: Huxley views art as a pale imitation of objects as they ARE; Sartre finds existence disgusting and obscene, and art as a beautiful form above and beyond reality. Definitely compatible if you can dig Sartre's dark, existential language.
chmod007: While Huxley’s experiences with mescaline were mostly blissful, the substance revealed in his French contemporary Michaux a much darker mindscape. Read together, The Doors of Perception and Miserable miracle give the reader perspective on the tremendous transformative power of mescaline.… (more)
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything will appear to mas as it is, infinite.
We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstacies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude.
To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.
Contains ONLY "The Doors of Perception". Please don't combine with editions also containing "Heaven and Hell".