Watching the demise of empire, episode 289.

As much as it is possible to know a person through the media, I’ve always thought Julian Assange a vain, self-absorbed, dim-whitted and overly self-important twat, but with his heart in the right place. Dickhead that he is, the unfair treatment of Assange, ironically, only serves to make him unduly more important than he would otherwise be. It further de-legitimises a current international order and guarantees the ascendancy of any alternative. Presently there are two.

Pilger is a hero of mine, but he’s getting dottery, and I had second thoughts about sharing this and showing him in his decline. Absolutely adore you, John Pilger, but it’s time the media found an alternative who might champion your ideas, but contribute their own with eloquence.

Mystical Orientals from the Occident

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.

From about 3:30 is excellent.

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