Power- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test- by T.Wolfe

Power- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test- by T.Wolfe

A Story by MissEnigmas
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Brief write-up on Ken Kesey

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Kesey crafts the game of "Power." The prize for winning was...Power. Thirty minutes of absolute Power in which your word was law and everyone had to do whatever "you" wanted." (Wolfe p116) Kesey and the Prankstets were not only testing "acid," they were on the bus of self-discovery; in fact, it was the "thing." Perhaps it was out-of-control symptoms experienced by Sandy, and a few others, that inspired Kesey's sociological awareness of the need for Power and Control among the Pranksters. The game in some senses, was about trust, dominance, submissiveness, control, power, and being free to do one's "thing," all at the same time.
Max Weber defined Power as " the ability of an individual or a group to achieve their own goals or aims when others are trying to prevent them from realizing them." It is important to note that during this era of social movements and experimentation, there was a lot instability, a lot of social changes that invoked extreme human emotions. Kesey and the Pranksters were scientists of civil disobedience and Power uniformly; indeed, Kesey's game was a form of liberation. Logically, Power does not equal liberation; however, metaphysically, the Pranksters that did not have Power in the "Now," were able to "let go" of Control and be liberated from that anxiety.
Sandy, "Mount," I get your "thing." DMT and paranoia suck. Kesey thought Attention would make you feel safe and secure, but "Mounting" was your "thing," and you only needed acknowledgement; moreover, you needed to be able to "Trust" and to hold the reigns sometimes. RIP...hugs MissE*

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the push for social change once was predominant...
power vs. power....and then movement seemed to die out...the voices silenced...
i remember the Wall Street Movement...seemed they gave up much more easily than we would have...
I wonder...you really bring up a good point here to ponder...is it and was it...all just a game?

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

MissEnigmas

1 Week Ago

It wasn't just a game...it was a social experiment and/or coping skill that Kesey utilized to Contro.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

not what he did as a game...but all that happened with the movements in the 60's---between the estab.. read more
MissEnigmas

1 Week Ago

Obviously there was a need for change...America was evolving rapidly and with so many "special inter.. read more



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the push for social change once was predominant...
power vs. power....and then movement seemed to die out...the voices silenced...
i remember the Wall Street Movement...seemed they gave up much more easily than we would have...
I wonder...you really bring up a good point here to ponder...is it and was it...all just a game?

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

MissEnigmas

1 Week Ago

It wasn't just a game...it was a social experiment and/or coping skill that Kesey utilized to Contro.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Week Ago

not what he did as a game...but all that happened with the movements in the 60's---between the estab.. read more
MissEnigmas

1 Week Ago

Obviously there was a need for change...America was evolving rapidly and with so many "special inter.. read more

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