“I’m still trying to not sound like an insane person,” says Grant Morrison in his recent interview with Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt. One: The article, The Psychedelic Superhero, is amazing. Two: If you don’t know who Grant Morrison is, he’s a comic book writer who happens to be much more than a comic book writer—and generally pretty awesome. Love him or hate him, he is a force.
With that said, I don’t think he’s insane. I’m not an advocate of the lifestyle he leads, per se, but I do not think he’s insane. I do, however, think Rolling Stone and liberal media outlets have a very interesting double standard, though, when it comes to “The Great Beyond.”
Tim Tebow believing in Christ? Crucify him (in print, at least). Begrudgingly acknowledge the guy’s talent, but forward the notion that Christians are all a bunch of dim-witted, racist, bigoted homophobes. Then Youtube something by Christopher Hitchens to wash it all down and assure yourself that anyone who believes in a reality that transcends our five senses’ ability to interpret it is an idiot.
Grant Morrison comes to the very same conclusion—there’s stuff out that’s beyond human comprehension and there’s no way he can prove it—by taking a completely different path, and he’s the coolest guy alive.
Know of any millionaire occultists? You do now:
Morrison hasn’t felt any malevolent presence in his house, but he’s pretty sure he’s met a few demons over the years. Morrison considers himself a magician, and not the rabbits-from-hats kind – magick with a “k” style sorcery. He’s been conducting occult rituals since age 19, summoning various entities and gods and such – ranging from a flaming lion’s head to what he believes to have been the spirit of John Lennon, who he says, gave him a song…
In Katmandu, he had a spiritual experience that has guided his work ever since, a revelatory vision from some kind of fifth-dimensional perspective. He saw the universe from the outside, met silvery blob-like entities who explained the connectedness of all life on Earth. “I felt it was a higher intelligence, and there’s no proof it wasn’t,” he says. “I remember space and time being just a flat surface.”
I have no desire to summon demons or meet silvery blob-like entities; I’m patient. I’m confident I’m going to die (understatement of the year award?), so I won’t be spending my life looking for peepholes into the afterlife. Grant is into that, and more power to him. What irks me is that even among atheists there seems to be an unspoken rule where Christians are zeroed in on and everyone else gets a free pass. Islamic radicals that stone women and kill gay men in the Middle East? Yawn. Comic book artists that look for demons? Eh. Christian guy who thanks God for blessing him with athletic prowess and, more importantly, life? It’s game time, baby! Let’s get this joke parade marching!
Read the entire article (or a few issues of Rolling Stone), and the genesis for the double-standard becomes apparent—it’s all about the politics. Leftist politics will get you a pass every time, whether you’re a Christian, a Buddhist, or an acid-dropping badmammajamma comic book writer.
Still wondering about that Beatles song? Behold:
“I put all the Beatles albums in a circle, wore my clothes from the band, tight trousers, Beatles boots, had a Rickenbacker guitar, and I had ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ on a loop and I just played it, and I took this tiny lick of acid, just to give an edge. Basically, I got this image, this thing, like a huge Lennon head made out of music. It gave me a song – it’s a pretty convincing John Lennon song.”…
Morrison whips out a guitar and plays the song given to him by the floating Lennon head. “Keep taking the pill/Keep reading the books/Keep looking for signs that somebody loves you,” he sings in a rough tenor. The audience laughs at first, then falls silent. He gets to the bridge – “One and one and one makes two/If you really want it to.” – and the melody suddenly sounds like it could be on the White Album, or at least pass for Oasis.
Ah yes, “One and one and one make two…if you really want it to.” That actually would be true if everyone wanted it to be true. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. What happens in this plane of reality is that some people think that way and what you wind up with is 15 trillion dollars of U.S. debt racked up and no one to pay the bill (in part because they’re not born yet).
While Rolling Stone is generally a liberal-hack rag, they do occasionally do some cool stuff. The Psychedelic Superhero is one such instance. And, truth be told, Grant didn’t get completely off the hook; the “Oasis” line was a bit of a dig… Check it out if you get a chance.