Secret letter to Shane Macgowan

Dear Shane MacGowan,

I have to say, I’m a little disappointed in you. You were once one of my role models, with your rough and rugged exterior, your gritty and raw lyrics, and your overall rebellious nature. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that perhaps you were not the best person to look up to.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate the Dionysian aspect of art, and the idea of letting go and indulging in pleasure from time to time. But there’s a difference between that and simply drinking oneself into a stupor. It’s one thing to embrace the wild and unpredictable nature of life, but it’s another thing entirely to completely stupify ones brain capacity.

Did it never occur to you that the English-Saxon predator has been using the same tactics for centuries to domesticate foreign cultures? By introducing fire water and manipulate disease, (stupidity and fear), they were able to exert control over people and make them more pliable. And while I’m not saying that you were intentionally trying to follow their agenda, the fact is that you were actually following their agenda.

You were one of my rolemodels as a poet, and I thank you for all the wonderful lyrics you have brought to this world. This sort of letter tends to become moralising, so let’s not go there and focus on the poetic aspect of the equation. The Celtic people are one of the most refined cultures in Europe – as Nietzsche put it, evil people know no music: as such, I live in a country where one could question if goodness actually still exists. It more and more resembles a fully automated parking lot next to the North Sea, so I am in awe of the celtic people and love their music and their poetry.

It even inspired me to write a Celtic based collection of poetry called ‘Ginneninne’. I think that’s actually my best book, but I didn’t translate it yet into English. I did translate my latest book, Poetry to Read in the Dark, and I would like to offer it to you fro free, it would be a honor to me if you would read it:

Poetry to Read in the Dark (2022) (1136 downloads)

You will see as you read my book that my message is a serious one, and I hope you can appreciate it. It is time this story is told. And really, you should bring your people back to the original drink: a wonderful cup with brew of the Amanita Muscaria.

That was the drink of Druids, and that is a drink that could even now perhaps reduce your suffering, as
it is a miraculous painkiller as well. I wish you the best, Shane, and once again thanks a million for the beautiful music.

Martijn Benders

No, no: I am not a 'guru' of some sorts: I'm just a guy that happened to be succesful at fighting of the addictions dystopia had blessed me with.

Now I am devoting my time to helping others as a mycotherapist.

I know a lot about mushrooms and I have devised methods of employing them in your diet that will help your physical and emotional wellbeing.

If you experience problems and you think I might be able to help you, please go to my contact page and let's have a chat.

I wrote a book titled 'Amanita Muscaria: The Book of the Empress'. That book presents 'the big picture', the one you've perhaps been missing out on. It is the story of what really happened with humanity the last 1000 years, and how wild mushrooms came to be demonized, and how Amanita Muscaria/ Fly Agaric can help you regain your true self and at the same time make this planet a better place for everyone.

The book can be bought at regular dutch bookstores and soon at international bookstores too. And to be complete: you can also buy it from me directly using crypto. Just donate an amount of crypto to me that would equal about 33 euros and I will send you a signed copy:

If you want to donate me some crypto to help my cause (fighting the benzodiazepine epedemic) your contribution would also be most welcome.

I am also known as a writer and a poet. As of 2023 I have written about 18 books. Lots of them are available for free from my homepage: I have never been much of a kapitalist, and I believe that good poetry has a healing effect on people.

Drop me a line if you want to ask me something or collaborate on anything. I wish you a great life, and lots of luck and great guidance on the path you are walking.