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our religion and used only in shrines." (Sterns 279). Followers of the church wore flowing robes and meditated "The aim of all Eastern religions, like the aim of LSD, is basically to get high: that is, to expand your consciousness and find ecstasy and revelation within," Leary explained. (Brash 139). Along with followers and friends, Ken Kesey and Allen Ginsberg, he campaigned for the church cross-country. Numerous times Leary was caught for possession of illegal drugs and put into prison. Once again, in 1970, he was put back in prison for a drug violation in California, within a month he escaped and fled to Afghanistan. He was caught by the FBI and made a deal with them to lower his sentence (Marwick 330). Once free Leary continued to spread the word of the wonders of LSD. His message was helped by the band Moody Blues, author Ken Kesey, poet 3. Allen Ginsberg, and many others. Leary progressed with the times and had a web page made to offer insight to his life and lifestyles. Leary was dying of cancer and believed that death should be a happy occasion rather than a sad one. His last words were "Why not?" and after his death his long time friend, John Barlow, wrote, "Timothy Leary died unashamed and having, as usual, a great time. He made good on his promise to ?give death a better name or die trying.? ” (Marwick 345). Timothy Leary has influenced many people throughout his life by his contribution to society. Whether he advocated the use of drugs or not doesn?t make a difference, although the are what stuck out in people?s minds. The greater message that his life taught was the will of man, and the lengths a person will go to in order to get the point across to the masses. His focus was not money, he gave that up when he lost his job at Harvard, but in his belief that he was right. He truly believed that LSD could enlighten people, and his intentions were to help. Brash, Sarah. Turbulent Years The 60s. Alexandra: Time-Life Books Inc., 1998. Marwick, Arthur. The Sixties. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Sterns, Jane And Michael. Encyclopedia of Pop Culture. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.