I grew up in Champaign-Urbana in the 1960s when it became a hotbed of counterculture activity. You won’t find much of that today, unfortunately, and the University and town seem like a foreign land almost, despite the fact my beloved cannabis plant has a very long and storied history in the town (more on that later).
Many people have read my conspiracy theories and how I think a web of secret societies often pulls strings from behind curtains, and they love my analysis of the black magic sorcery going on inside the central banks of the world, but when I veered off into suggesting a possible solution to our religion problem was to start manifesting our own corruption-free religions, I may have surprised a few. Actually, I think most everybody makes up their own form of spirituality these days, only some attempts are more effective than others. Starting your own religion is pretty simple really, no more difficult than starting your own garage band, and in fact, music and religion work hand-in-glove and always have. So do mathematics and religion.
Around 1966, the Turks Head, in Champaign (founded by Steven Simon) became the center of energy of the counterculture revolution in Central Illinois. Two people went there and landed, both older brothers of close friends. These had to be two of the most enlightened teens in town. Of course, the establishment came down hard on early revolutionaries. Don was threatened with the dreaded electroshock therapy, a polite term for torture, but ended up being shipped off to some Summerhill-like retreat for problem kids that may have been an MKULTRA op for mind experiments. Which makes me wonder if Summerhill was an op. The designated path leading to what looks the Garden of Eden is often a mirror trick leading in the opposite direction.