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February 10, 2016


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I agree with your assessment. "Living in the moment" seems to be just another New Age epithet parroted by followers of these charlatans.

I'm glad you used Homer Simpson too as the example, for I had always referred to this concept as the "Homer Simpsons phenomenon". And it's pretty widespread throughout all media: King of Queens, Family Guy, etc.

I often wonder where this marriage between Eastern spirituality and New Age took place. The '60s seem to be a good starting point. It's around this time that you had people coming on the scene, preaching from their pulpit even though they weren't necessarily qualified to expound the perfect dharma. And then you had the theosophists like Blavatsky who attempted to unite all these different concepts spanning all the major religions into this one, motley-colored Frankenstein monster.

Some were maybe less sophomoric, more sterile than others; but when you're dealing with matters of the spirit, you either know or you don't, and even if you know, there are very few who possess the skillful means to expound the ineffable.

Alan Watts had a silver tongue, yet he missed the mark. If you haven't already read it, there's a great essay entitled, "The Wayward Mysticism of Alan Watts", which goes into great detail, explaining his skewed version of Zen, and Eastern mysticism in general.

Since the 60's, everything just became progressively worse, and now we live in this morally relativistic world where people revel in the illusion, revel in this fragmented, kaleidoscopic masturbatory fantasy world based upon their dark desires and ignorance.

Eastern mysticism is the perfect tool for these charlatans because in the deluded mind of your average individual, they equate Buddhism and all other forms of mysticism, to this "boundless and featureless sea of tapioca pudding". (To use a quote from Watts ;)

And then many of these people charge profligate amounts of money to come see them, hear them speak or channel some spirit like Esther Hicks. This is very, very bad.

Everyone has this innate desire for transcendence; some people approach the Way more nobly than others, but those who try to benefit, profit financially from these people -well, they are the worst of the worst.

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