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Sunday, July 13, 2003
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The "valorization of narcissism" (a phrase used by Philip Cushman in his excellent book, Constructing the Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History of Psychotherapy) proceeds apace with this latest (and not-so-excellent) entry in the mushrooming genre. By a Jungian analyst, no less. Oh wow. Are there many such left who have not already succumbed to the call of the Wool-Gathering Shaman and the Red-Breasted Nutcase?

me me me me me
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Here's a quote:
"Becoming a person of psychological and spiritual substance is a result of the committed pursuit of self-knowledge. This quest marks the timeworn path outlined by many of the great philosophers and religious figures of the past and present. In ancient Greece the philosopher Socrates enjoined us to know ourselves. One of the meanings of the word Buddha is 'to awaken,' to awaken our search for consciousness. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus informs us 'whoever has not known himself knows nothing, but he who has known himself has already understood the depths of all things.'"
Now look, Socrates enjoined us to do lots of things, one of which was to kill all the poets. As everyone knows, he was a corrupter of youth. If you ask me, the Hemlock was too good for him. Did they have lions in Greece too, or was that just Rome? Anyway, fuck Socrates. As to the Buddha, what does being awake (bodhi in Sanskrit) have to do with selfishness? I'll tell you what. Absolutely nothing. I'm on less firm ground with Thomas (except for the English muffins), but I'm going to hazard a wild guess that Jesus wasn't counseling selfishness either. Jesus! So why CALL it selfishness?

Was it maybe to pander to the burgeoning ranks of New Age NARCISSISTS out there??? Gosh, would an actual JUNGIAN ANALYST stoop that low just to get his picture in New Age Retailer magazine (I shit you not) -- which does in fact run a plug for Sacred Selfishness this month. Way to go Bud!

I know that this is not very generous of me, and not very nice, but so the fuck what?

Perhaps it will put this world shaking non-event into better context to note that the same publisher (Inner Ocean, based on Maui; are you thinking what I'm thinking?) also publishes...

Here's Jean after a few potent tokes of Maui weed:
"Dogs are the friends of my soul; I fall into their eyes and know utter contentment. I have found that a great many of my ideas and knowings have been accompanied by the presence and, often, the inspiration of dogs. Dogs have given me steady emotional [sic] and often in circumstances that my fellow humans have regarded as fraught with ambiguity."
Fraught with ambiguity, yeah, I'll say. Does this really need further comment? Except maybe that Jean & Bud should go back to surfing their inner ocean until they can think up something a little less stupid. Of course, the fact that they are stupid, will no doubt assure these titles a long run on American bestseller charts. After all, The Road Less Traveled was on the NY Times list for 10 years. And look how dumb that was.

PS: I just noticed on Bud's site (is it OK if I call you Bud, Bud?) that he is also the author of Like Gold Through Fire: Understanding the Transforming Power of Suffering -- which I will henceforrth refer to as Like Shit Through A Goose: Understanding the Transgressive Nature of Claptrap. Here's a clip:

"Once we discover our ability to discriminate between neurotic suffering, developmental suffering, natural suffering, and transcendent suffering, we weill [sic] become open to joy and fulfillment."
First off, is that "weill" an actual Freudian slip on a Jungian website? By gum, I think it is! Especially seeing as this guy's racked up some pretty impressive sales figures...

Second off, maybe it's just me, but I'm thinking that anyone who could sort out all those different kinds of suffering, wouldn't really be what I would call, you know, suffering. To me, suffering is when you're curled up in a fetal ball on the kitchen floor rocking back and forth, clutching your stomach and moaning, hoping it will stop soon, but knowing it never will. I dunno, though. Maybe what I've experienced isn't REAL suffering, just another low-grade down-home anti-intellectual panic attack. Like what I get when I think I'm going to have to read one more of these FUCKING NEW AGE SPIRIT GUIDES!!!. For these, I find that medication beats meditation, hands down.

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