Harris was asked: Was it the drug Ecstasy that opened up spirituality for you?
And he replied:
It definitely was. I wouldn’t call that the true experience of self-transcendence that is the focus of the book, but it was profoundly liberating. It convinced me it was possible to have a much better life and be a much better person, and some action was required to figure out how to be more that way more of the time.
It amuses me to watch Harris attribute such great significance to getting high. But I’m left wondering why meditation, and not mind-altering drugs, are considered the “true experience.” What criteria does Harris use to determine what is the “true experience?”