Mind Meld 215 | The Beautiful Bitter Truth with Liam Wilson
Liam Wilson Returns to the mind meld!
Liam Wilson is a musician best known for playing in bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Azusa. He’s also a seeker of subjective singularities via Yoga, psychedelics, fatherhood, and brushes with mortality.
There’s no level of genius that will charge your being with subjective wonder. That requires something else entirely. Experiences that are personal, felt, and perspective-altering. But, it also requires something violent enough to transmute all of the above into one irresistible thing.
The violence is key. I don’t mean you need to be a victim of violence, but for this chemical reaction to occur, but you do need to understand that it applies to you. That you’re in its crosshairs just because you exist. Even if it’s just the force of gravity slowly pushing down on your spine until you go kyphotic or the cosmic radiation of the sun slowly baking you, it’s happening. The world will have its violence slowly or quickly.
But, a few exceptional humans seemed to find a way to make the violence work for them– Marcus Aurelius, Nietzsche, Jung, Jesus, and Buddha to name a few. They weaponized their memento mori in a way that defined them. As Joseph Campbell put it– “Those who think they know how the universe could have been made… without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination.”
Anyway, forgive the sappy ramble, but the topic has been on my mind since recording this one. It’s relevant to this mind-meld as you’ll see.
Speaking of, our guest on this one is Liam Wilson. He’s an immensely talented musician and is a member of the legendary metal crew Dillinger Escape Plan. He currently plays with acts like Asuza and Devin Townsend. He also has that seeking streak– Liam is a yogi, psychonaut, and a well-read fella. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.