Global business. Big business. Foreign trade. Dealing with the big-time players. Meetings with CEOs, meetings with heads of state, meetings with industry leaders. Foreign diplomats. Global diplomats. Big news on equality. Huge meetings with equals. Huge negotiations. Hammering out massively influential laws. Getting everybody on the same footing. Treating foreigners as equals. Openness to the other. With bad aspects, foreigners as enemies. Inability to compromise with people from a different background. Unwilling to find things in common with others. Over-emphasizing differences. Bloated sense of alike-ness. Assuming others like or agree with you. Milking relationships. Over-staying your welcome. Taking advantage. Not pulling your weight. Attracting an indulgent, lazy, good-for-nothing partner. Jabba the Hutt.
Marrying a fat cat. Marrying money. Marrying a foreigner. Marry a world traveler or foreign correspondent. Leaving the country for marriage. Mail-order brides. Marriage for luxury. Destination weddings. Attracting a generous partner. Attracting a philosophical partner. Your partner or best friend is foot loose and fancy free. Your significant other doesn’t really want to put roots down. Your partner has a wealthy and/or foreign background. Partners in wealth. Globetrotters. In the lap of luxury. Marrying royalty. Marrying big. A lavish wedding.
Expecting a fair and ethical exchange in marriage. Expecting ethical transactions in business. Green business. Fair trade businesses. Ethics of laws. Copyright laws. Signing a prenuptial agreement. Foreign law. Getting married in a foreign country, and the ramifications of that. The vast expanse of intimate relationship. Wanting to try the gamut of relationship possibilities. Commitment issues. So many possibilities! Casual relationships. Casual encounters. Not taking relationships seriously. Easy come, easy go. Live and let live. Openness with the public. Someone who is easy to talk to.
Devotional marriage. Marrying God. Having a relationship with God. Having a relationship with the divine. Brides of Christ. Marriage as an act of faith. Strong views on religion and marriage. Opinionated about marriage – it has laws and should be done a certain way. Arranged marriages. Blind faith in your partner. Blind faith in cultural biases, beliefs, and mores. Marriage is the natural order of things. A couple devoted to God above all else. Your culture and its customs have an inordinate amount of influence on your intimate relationships. Marrying out of custom rather than out of love. Marrying into a foreign culture or religion. Partnerships that are bigger than the two individuals involved in them. Educational partners. Missionaries. Luck in marriage. Luck in lawsuits.
No wonder psychedelics are threatening to an authoritarian religious hierarchy. You don’t need faith to benefit from a psychedelic experience, let alone a priest or even a shaman to interpret it. What you need is courage—courage to drink the brew, eat the mushroom, or whatever it is, and then to pay attention, and make of it what you will. Suddenly, the tools for direct contact with the transcendent other (whether you call it God or something else) is taken from the hands of an anointed elite and given to the individual seeker.
– Dennis McKenna