As much as it is possible to know a person through the media, I’ve always thought Julian Assange comes across a bit vain, self-absorbed, self-important, maybe a bit dim, but with his heart in the right place. Shortcomings aside, the unfair treatment of Assange ironically only serves to make him more important than he would otherwise be, and it further de-legitimises an international order discredited by its failure to deliver justice for the crimes of Abu-Graib, Guantanamo, the GFC, and countless other examples of institutionalised greed, theft, criminal violence and mass murder.
Pilger is a hero of mine but I had to think seriously about sharing this as I think he’s had better days. Dare I suggest, he is no longer as capable of championing the cause. Hard to watch, I reckon.
I can’t help feeling uneasy around Westerners who fashion themselves as some sort of Oriental mystics. It’s a ‘Disneyland’ rendition of Oriental spiritualism, only Disney tends to do a more accurate represention of the Oriental. What makes me uneasy is that these types invariably seem to go to great lengths to demonstrate how even and at peace they are… and I can’t help the feeling it’s because they need to. Because just underneath the surface is horrifying disorder that could rear its ugly head at any moment. It seems to be normally accompanied by narcissism, a faith even in one’s own supernatural capacity to do good for the spirit of others. That’s just the sense I get from mystical Orientals from the Occident. It would be humourous in a slightly sad way if it weren’t just that little bit scary.
This is not to disparage those who genuinely get spiritual reinforcement from Eastern or alternative traditions, nor to lessen the universal wisdom in anyone’s ancient scriptures, as they all seem to me to hold some. However those inclined to seek often fall in behind the narcissistic self-proclaimed healer or prophet, it’s a natural fit.
Each to their own, and I respect their religious freedom.
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