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Satire is sacred: the role of humor in keeping us “sane”


Satire is sacred: the role of humor in keeping us “sane”

Satire is an essential component of the psychedelic ecosystem. Throughout history, the archetype of the trickster has appeared across divergent cultures spanning the globe; from the coyote character of various Native American cosmologies to the Norse and Greek Gods Loki and Hermes, respectively - on through to contemporary satirists like Stephen Colbert and Sacha Baron Cohen, the role of the satirist serves to expose and critique vice and stupidity in society. The so-called ‘Psychedelic Renaissance’ has found a pair of jesters in Adam Aronovich (@healingfromhealing on IG) and Dennis Walker (Mycopreneur), two social commentators who enthusiastically respond to the ever-increasing absurdity of psychedelics intersecting with mainstream society in all it’s profit-driven, skewed power dynamics and stranger-than-fiction glory.

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