I’ve recently started re-reading the works of SF/drugs fiction author Philip K Dick (the same guy that wrote Blade runner, minority report and Total Recall as well as inspiring the authors of The Matrix). I last read some of these as a teenager and now returning to them as an adult I can see a lot more of the theology behind them.
I know a lot of people who take drugs none of whom are particularly religious but I think that Dick’s (quite possibly mistaken) idea is that drugs are a kind of sacrament that peel back the false layers of reality (like Maya in Buddhism or taking the red pill in The Matrix). I’m not sure what to make of it to be honest, I’m sure Dick recognised the head wrecking power of drugs and their ability to destroy sanity – even if he didn’t recognise the head wrecking power of his own fiction. but it’s getting my brain thinking again, which is always good. I’ll write more when I’ve thought about it some more.