“The only way to get rich from a self-help book is to write one.”
God Is My Broker, Christopher Buckley
I would add that the only way to remain blind to Reality is to keep reading those self-help and spiritual books. If any of you are of the illusion that spiritual books are NOT in the category of ‘self-help’.. well, you are in the illusion. They are ‘helping’ you to get to some promised place (which is the illusion), while simultaneously relieving you of some cash (which is the reality).
Anyway… while browsing old California archives of printed material I was having an inner dialogue with myself. It concerned two matters: the sheer stupidity of the diverse ‘spiritual’ scene of the West Coast specifically and the subject of further ‘Jed McKenna’ research. It went like this:
“Woah! Look at all THIS. Spiritual science… Theosophical Society… Presses publishing various denominations of (any fucked up) ‘spiritual’ thought.. groups of micro/macro cults huddling around their chosen figures… massive shows from self (with marketing background folks like Tony Robbins)… dozens of publications spewing nonsense, with soft minds eagerly absorbing it.. No wonder Jed hated the scene.”
“Quit the idiocy! Jed IS THE SCENE. He lives exactly there and rubs shoulders with exactly those people. Remember him going to ‘spiritual’ conventions anonymously? Editing spiritual magazines while mocking spiritual industry in his books? Being married while portraying the figure of a loner? Recommending Deepak Chopra to his readers?”
“Who the hell recommends Deepak Chopra, one of THE best master manipulators of the masses???”
“That’s what I’m telling you, you idiot! Jed lied about it all. Being IN the business, yet bashing the business would mean professional death. Why the anonymity you think?”
“Hmmm.. that’s called hypocrisy, no?”
“Who cares. People think the ‘message’ is important.”
“Right. By that logic Hitler could have done all the gas chamber executions AND at the same time write a novel. Anonymously. His novel could even contain some fucking awesome material, and that would be OK. Right. The twisted human perception of Reality. Now what?”
“Walk away. Shut it all down and walk away. No one cares anyway. McMordies.. McKennas.. McCheatas… people find the story entertaining, nothing more. The deeper implications of it escape 99.9% of those who accidentally come across the EM. Just like people don’t try Arjuna’s story on for own realities – they do not see the parallels between Mr. McKenna, Mr. McMordie, Mr. Chopra and that guy in the bar attempting to scam you out of a few bucks.”
“I don’t find it entertaining.”
“Why not? You don’t care whether humans get caught in the McKenna’s tales.”
“This is not entirely true. I may not care about individuals whom I never met, but I do care about what is true. Something inside of me PROTESTS at such blatant lie that spiritual literature propagates. Protests!”
“I get it, but trust me.. integrity exists only as a highly abstract notion in human minds. In Reality it gets tucked away deep in human psyche. No one will benefit or lose if you walk away. Walk away!!”
“It is not about benefitting or losing. Is the understanding of what conscience is – has been chiselled out of human minds through centuries of mistreatment and abuse?? Conscience? It has the same root as Consciousness?”
“Oh the hell with you.. I just told you that conscience, integrity are words of illusion. They are magic concepts, like Santa Clause or love… people WANT them to exist, but when it comes to reality… Reality (people) disprove their existence every step of the way. if you wanna burn while foolishly defending the illusion – suit yourself”.
“That’s not true. I exist, and I am not like that. It means there are others out there who are not like that”.
There are others. They just don’t write spiritual books, don’t broadcast political speeches, don’t run businesses with the only agenda to profit, don’t shout about own selfhood. They don’t make themselves known. There must be others who don’t think that survival of the fittest, at any cost, is the only way to be.
Or else… how are we human?
“So. What are you going to do?”
“Hmmm… it’s a million dollar question”.