Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The Independent Film Review
We saw Dying to Know. It's a documentary about Timothy Leary and Ram Dass. They took a lot of LSD and got paid to do it by Harvard University. After they left Harvard, they kept up their various antics. Ram Dass learned, wrote and taught about eastern spirituality practices. Timothy Leary went to jail, escaped, went to jail again, and then spent some time as a supportive step dad.
The film had some good elements to it, but I agree with Husbandman that it was "too long and too biased toward the subjects."
I also agree with 20 Something's questioning of the idea that higher consciousness can be achieved solely through an exploration of the self.
I was intrigued by the focus on Timothy's death. He had inoperable cancer and in true Leary fashion, he made an event out of it. His dying words were, "Why? Why not?" Words to live by or words to die by? I'm not sure. So see this movie if you feel like it. Turn on, tune in, drop out.