It's always fascinating to hear what other people, especially people we feel have 'spiritual insight', think of the origin of the universe, our place here, etc. I'm continually astonished by the wide variety of belief systems I encounter. Look at Jerry's one line, nonchalant response to being questioned about a western God. This was a contextual question, I don't think he revealed whether or not he believed in a deity with his answer. The words 'western god' next to each other show the interviewers thought process. Jerry wasn't into it. Maybe it was just the wrong question, maybe he knew that he was a leader to the people and he didn't want to create a brand new, Jerry style religion for people to automatically accept. I do think it's difficult to separate the Grateful Dead from the 60's psychedelic movement, which in my interpretation was a movement toward self discovery, no one can help you with that. By leaving 'God' out of it, it was kindof like saying that it's not really the point. Also, Biblical references in songs are hardly indicative of a Christian faith, I wouldn't consider the Dead's music to be deity worship at all. Unlike Bob Marley, who openly praised God in most of his music.
I hear ya, my dreams of becoming a professional musician/athelete extrordinair(sp?) havent panned out. I just graduated majoring in astronomy. It, along with all physical sciences, are definately difficult but super interesting and totally worth it. It opens your eyes to grander schemes and alters your perspective for the better. It does, however, lead to the very humbling realization of how totally insignificant we are.
As an intersting aside, did anyone know that the chemist who recieved a Nobel Prize for discovering the double-helical structure of DNA claimed to be under the influence of LSD when he made his key conceptual break throughs. Check it out.
If thats not a ringing endorsement for the potential of psychedelics I don't know what is.