quinta-feira, maio 08, 2008

Uma nova esperança




Morreu, na semana passada, o químico suíço Albert Hoffman, cuja maior contribuição para a história recente da humanidade foi a descoberta da dietilamida do ácido lisérgico – mais conhecida pelos nomes ácido, doce, cones, microponto, gota, fiote, quadrado, papel, macrobiótico, porongos, bike, filete, selo, trips - ou simplesmente pela sigla LSD. Há exatos 70 anos, durante seus experimentos em laboratório, Hofmann ingeriu acidentalmente uma quantidade de ácido lisérgico e, segundo o texto do Wikipedia, “se viu obrigado a interromper o trabalho que estava realizando devido aos sintomas alucinatórios que estava sentindo”.


Utilizado inicialmente como recurso psicoterapêutico e para tratamento de alcoolismo e disfunções sexuais, o uso recreativo do LSD acabou sendo amplamente difundido pela contracultura americana dos anos 60, fazendo a cabeça de ícones da música como Pink Floyd, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin e The Beatles (cuja canção Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds é a referência mais explícita).


Se Hofmann ficou conhecido como “pai” do LSD, o “guru” desta substância foi o Dr. Timothy Leary. Em 1961, Leary recebeu uma grana da Universidade de Harvard para estudar os efeitos do LSD em voluntários, que Leary levava para uma grande fazenda na qual eles poderiam fazer o que quisessem (contanto que preenchessem fichas relatando a experiência que tiveram). Segundo o Wikipedia, “3.500 doses foram dadas para mais de 400 pessoas. Daqueles testados, 90% disseram que eles gostariam de repetir a experiência, 83% disseram ter aprendido alguma coisa ou ter tido uma ‘iluminação’ (insight), e 62% disseram que o LSD mudou suas vidas para melhor”.


Embora refira-se à substância que descobriu como seu “filho problemático” (título de um de seus livros), imagino que Hofmann tenha tomado uma quantidade considerável de ácido, especialmente entre os anos 30 e 60. E isso, aparentemente, não causou efeitos negativos na vida do químico, que morreu no último dia 29 com inacreditáveis 102 anos! Essa história me fez lembrar de Compay Segundo, um dos principais músicos cubanos redescobertos por Ry Cooder para o filme Buena Vista Social Clube, de Win Wenders. Compay Segundo viveu até que os 95 anos, dos quais 90 passou fumando charutos (isso mesmo, o cara começou aos 5 anos de idade, acendendo charutos para a avó).


São casos como estes que me trazem um novo vigor e um brilho emocionado nos olhos, fazendo com que eu continue a ter esperança no futuro da humanidade.

39 comentários:

Paulo Bono disse...

quando chega a hora, não tem jeito.
quando não chega, não chega.
com LSD, charuto, alface ou torresmo.

abraço.

Cascarravias disse...

pra falar a verdade eu tenho a impressao de que Hoffman agia como se tivesse inventado a penicilina ou a prótese dentária: era um tratamento a ser usado por quem precisasse, e ele próprio nao se incluia nesse rol.

Rackel disse...

Absurdos Turos é cultura!
rs

gigi disse...

é esquisito mesmo.


eu quero viver 100 anos apesar de ingerir tanto torresmo, tanta dobradinha, tanta rabada, tanto mocotó, tanta costela... hmmm, vou ali comer. 11h da manhã, mamãe já deve estar com o almoço pronto.

SAMANTHA ABREU disse...

Ah! E depois dizem pra eu fazer exercícios, parar de beber e parar de fumar!
Arre!
rs.
Eu teria sido voluntária à fazenda do LSD. Ôpa! Tudo em nome da ciência e das descobertas em prol da humanidade! Né, não?!

;D
Um beijo, Arthur!

ps: vou ver se consigo a lista completa das 69 Fuck Songs e te mando, tá?!

ps 2: vc viu que teu bloge tá indicado na seção EXTRAPICHES da revista TRAPICHES?

Anônimo disse...

Shit...casca. I consumed enormous amounts of LSD during my youth. I turned out fine. Why didn't you? Rsrsrsrsrs.......

Floyd, Hendrix and the Beatles used LSD and look what they gave the rest of the world. It's obvious Nickelback, Mariah Carey and Miley Sirus have never gotten near the stuff.
If there are 2 people in this world in desperate need of some LSD then it's Sandy & Junior. Could you imagine?

Anônimo disse...

I don't know about you Arthur man but I can instantly tell if someone I first meet has "tripped" or not. "Non-trippers" are sooooooo fuckin' SQUARE. Non-trippers are insane...

"Are you experienced?" Fuck yeah, Jimi!!! Fuck yeah!!!!!!!

A life without one trip even if it was an unfortunate bad trip, is a life not worth living at all...

Anônimo disse...

The Beatles invented "color" in 1967. Before this time the world was black & white with annoying shades of gray. Just compare "She Loves You yeah yeah yeah" with "I am the Walrus". What the fuck happened????? LSD.

It all began back in 1965 with Bob Dylan telling the boys from Liverpool they sounded like a bunch of wenkers with that "love you" crap.
"You're music ain't REAL, man...."

So, things began to change. Things began to become weird. "Rubber Soul" was the first indication. Then came "Revolver". After listening to "Eleanor Rigby" things were turning blue. Next was "Yellow Submarine".

Check out the American Bandstand world premiere of "Strawberry Fields" on Youtube. This was the final ingredient needed to make color. Black, blue, yellow and red...

What followed was the single, "Penny Lane". All color.

Anônimo disse...

Thus came Sergeant Pepper's. Yeah a "Day in the Life". All LSD. Feel it cranking up? Up and up and up and up and up and up and up...where we goin' John????
"We're leaving the cave of our false reality and will quickly bypass the manufactured truth our enemies have provided as a massive distraction until we eventually arrive into the light of ABSOLUTE TRUTH."

The mystical PEAK of the LSD trip is where we're going. I love to turn you on....

Anônimo disse...

Hey Arthur...you feelin' alright?

One of my very first impressions of Rio de Janeiro was how SQUARE the place was. Poverty everywhere. Poverty of the mind, poverty of style and poverty of the spirit. What the fuck happened? Fault of the gringos, eh? Rsrsrsrsrsrsrsrs.......


Yeah Rackel...ABSURDOSTUROS is culture. Probably one of the most subversive things to ever come out of there as well.

Why do hundreds of thousands of carioca men go to the gym and consume massive doses of anabolic steroids? Answer: it's the only chance they have of competing with a guy like Arthur.
Getting butt-fucked by a gym monkey who becomes gay after 4 choppinhos and having to spend your Sundays watching Faustao at Sogra's house in suburbio is not the way to live my darlin's....

Anônimo disse...

Miracles do happen. We actually made Gigi write something relevant on several occasions. Not all beautiful Brasileiras are stupid. There is still hope for humanity...

You guys have something far better than LSD, though. AYAHUASCA. Holy fuckin' shit...this is the best stuff on earth!!! I still miss it. Arthur man...could you please send a litres worth ASAP.

Anônimo disse...

Oh Edu Goldenturd...your Dani would talk shit about you all the time. Everyone knows you were nothing but a weak facsimile of the man she really wanted, ME. It's ok though.

Why Edu hated the idea of travelling? Dani would always complain about this fact. My answer is that Edu knows he'll find other ignorant xenophobic bastards like himself in these places. 37 years of living in the same place and doing the same things. Imagine a shit floating in a toilet for such a period? The toxic stench is overwhelming...

Anônimo disse...

"Look on thy don, the SHAKESPEARE of the mancha."
Cervantes

Yeah, Bacon also wrote Don Quixote. Except for Flamenco dancing, nothing good has ever come out of Spain, either.

I knew there was something wrong with Don Quixote when the poems sounded even more beautiful in English than in Spanish. How could this be possible? Just pay some failed Spanish writer like Cervantes to translate the work of Sir Francis Bacon...

The awful truth I know...

Anônimo disse...

"T'was from another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form.
Come in...she said
I'll give you shelter from the storm."

Yes Arthur man...please send your good dear friend Edu out to Noel Rosa's statue with a litres worth of ayahuasca. Maybe he'll learn that Noel Rosa is a big fan of Pink Floyd too...

Anônimo disse...

Anonimo...is that Portuguese for Antonio??? Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Poor ignorant american bastards...

There is a rebellion goin' on in Santa Cruz. Evo Morales thinks he's Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and Mugabe. Massive agrarian land reform never works. Who will eventually kill more indians in Bolivia than any other? Evo Morales.
There is a rebellion goin' on in Santa Cruz and the CIA is behind it. 72 hours without natural gas will bring Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil to their knees...

Cui Bono? Cui Bono? Cui Bono? Who else could benefit from indigenous genocide and consolidation of South America's natural resources??? Rockefeller Inc. There are no good guys in this fight.

Ahhhh the ghosts of La Higuera are stirring. Will justice finally be served? Che wasn't supposed to die but Felix Rodrigues was taking orders from another "source". Your Roberto Rodrigues takes his orders from the same "source".

Want to end it all? Want to finally go home? Expose Roberto Rodrigues for whom he really is...

Anônimo disse...

The virtues of hallucinogenics? Far too many to recount on this blog. I certainly don't recommend using the stuff if you're not ready. Where will the "trip" take you? All "trips" lead to your true self. A terrifying prospect for many I know. Who wants to discover they have been faking it all of these years????

To them I am INSANE. A terrifying ghost who disturbs their Disney World reality. I try my best to tell them this one fact. There is nothing naturally SQUARE in the universe. To be SQUARE is to be in constant conflict with EVERYTHING THERE IS. Only fools and the supremely arrogant would dare challenge god's laws. We ain't talkin' about Moses's 10 commandments, either...

Anônimo disse...

Do you remember when Dani was trash-talking about you in front of your entire family, Edu? Good thing it was in English because it was bad.
What's wrong with Edu? Why couldn't he indulge in the pleasures of LSD and ayahuasca? Dani said the guy was terrified of losing control. It's the truth.

Arthur...Edu and I wanted to like each other but it was impossible. For 18 months I refrained from fucking his woman who was always dying of tesao out of respect but this all changed at Dona Grossa's birthday party.
The mother fucker "Pearl Harbored" me. Total surprise attack. The USS Arizona blew up with a direct hit. We all know what happened to the Japanese afterwards, don't we?

Oh Edu, you are in some deep shit. I am coming for you with a massive armada. Right now this is the battle of the "Marianas Turkey Shoot". I am sinking all of your cruisers, destroyers, battleships, zeros and carriers with the utmost of ease. There is nothing you can do about it except regret the 7th of December.

How could we Americans feel so guilt free about Nagasaki and Hiroshima for all of these years???? The Japanese fuckers started it and opened up a whole can of "whup-ass" in the process. No one in the history of the world attacked his enemy on a fuckin' Sunday morning!!!!!

I want a very public apology on here, Eduardo Goldenberg. I will not stop until I have it. If you are too proud and stupid to give me one then be prepared for the hellish consequences. There won't be a paralelepipedo or a pile of dogshit to hide under in the entire Vila when I am finished.
Believe me...you will curse your very name and the day you were born if you do not.

Anônimo disse...

A nick-name for LSD is ACID. Rsrsrsrsrsrs...

Arthur...I know you can't make it up here but I am doing my best to give you the essense. I wish you could come and enjoy the madness of America today. Not even over-dosing on ayahuasca can compare to what it's really like. The absurdities have been piled higher than Mt. Everest. The men are like Edu and the women are like Dona Grossa. What's worse is casca-ridiculous is the boss...

Anônimo disse...

I read this passage of one secret society memember to another written more than 150 years ago. The writer was lamenting about how a dark force had taken over his particular ORDER.

"....their methods being BLACK MAGIC, that is to say, electro-magnetic power, hypnotism and powerful suggestion. They come from a peculiar cult of the sun called the illuminati..."

What does the experimentation of powerful hallucenogenics do? It frees both the mind and soul from the Black Magic enslaving us all. For a few hours you can see the bullshit for what it really is and also see the truth in it's entire glory.

The plains indians of North America have a much more natural method of attaining the same effect but who wants to lay naked out in nature for 4 days and nights without food???? I tried this and man...hallucenigenics are much better. Most of us must work the next morning...

Rackel disse...

Eu juro q pensei q esse cara escrevndo em ingles dissesse coisas relevantes pr'as discussões... mas fui dar uma lida em alguns dos comentarios (ainda mais depois q vi meu nome num deles, né) e descobri q não preciso me preocupar com as baboseiras q o doido diz...

... vivendo e aprendendo, né!
rs

Cascarravias disse...

Rackel, já pensou alguma vez em parar pra ouvir as pregações daquele doido de biblia na mão, se esguelando pelo Largo da Carioca? ele diz coisas mais sensatas que esse wasp arrogante.

Rackel disse...

Huauauhauhauha... po... desculpe, mas detesto parar pra escutar qq um q pregue ali no centro... mesmo q seja algum politico, manifestações estudantis, artistas decadentes e/ou coisas do tipo...

... mas sabe q parando pra pensar melhor, até q esse moço se parece com o cara do largo da carioca! rs
é sério... fica falando um monte de coisa q não interessa, enchendo os ouvidos (no caso a caixa de comentarios e os olhos de quem se deixa levar pela leitura) de coisas irrelevantes e q sinceramente não acrescentam em mto à discussão proposta...

É... agora sempre q vir esse monte de baboseira escrita em ingles, vou lembrar do sr. q prega na Carioca!
rsrsrs

bjs e boa semana, moço!

SAMANTHA ABREU disse...

Arthur, querido!
já tenho lá uma pequena lista das "Fuck Songs". A Primeira lista.

Passa lá e me deixa suas sugestões, baby?!
Um beiJO!

Cascarravias disse...

as coincidências entre os lunáticos vão além: discurso conspiratório, certeza de possuir uma verdade revelada, 'piedade' por nossas pobres almas incultas, empáfia e... absoluta falta de conteúdo relevante.

Rackel disse...

Huhuauhahuahuahua!!!

=D

Casca, vc tem toda a razão!

Sunflower disse...

Uhm, e eu que nem sei onde fica uma boca de fumo... estou realmente preocupada com minha expectativa de vida.

julio de castro disse...

outro dia assisti o programa do wagner montes (exagerei, eu sei. mas larguei a coca e não tinha fanta uva em casa). seu texto me fez lembrar que o silvio santos o 'inventou', o que explica a longevidade do homem do baú. será que ele chega aos 102 aninhos?

Anônimo disse...

Boring and square american guy strikes again...

Anônimo disse...

lucy in the sky nao foi feita pensando no lsd.
só para constar.. :)

confira no Antology, em dvd.
abraços.

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