Outside of the world of birth… unless you are selling, and Mr. Thich (or Nguyen, a common Vietnamese name) is certainly no slouch in the art of self promotion.
However, he is correct in that common spiritual Nirvana bullheadedly pursued by the hopefuls – is the furthest from Reality, and they are looking for something unreal. Not that he gives a fuck now that he’s sussed it all out. The chap has over a hundred books to his name.
But in Reality, there are Hong Kong, Barcelona, Santiago, Quito, Baghdad, Cairo, Beirut, La Paz, London protests.
There is the fiasco of Brexit.
There are spastic bursts of the White House inhabitants and a carefully orchestrated pretense of their opponents. Well come on, they are pretending to be ‘good guys’, hoping to get the leg over, all as bad as one another.
There is a relentless expansion of China that has been quietly copying and replicating all things Western, except for the Western quasi-democratic rule (don’t get your knickers in a twist; I said ‘quasi’).
There is cyber espionage and demands for the blood of whistle blowers, and not just in the USA.
We live in interesting times where observing the world’s baddest crooks wrestling for power is the best soap opera one can hope to watch.
But spiritualists do not dare looking in that direction; it is too unpleasant, upsetting, depressing and too fucking… what’s the word I’m looking for?…. too real? Too DANGEROUS?
This is where people DO exist, and where they DO lose lives and livelihoods, and where the self DOES get trampled upon to the point where the individual feels like grabbing a Kalashnikov and erasing a few other selves out of existence, driven by the sheer sense of utter powerlessness in the face of it all. This is where people get murdered or locked up if they get too close to real Reality.
Real? You bet. Our toothless, world denying, ‘non-existent’ ‘no-self’ spiritual buddies have found the safest, most innocuous subject to expound on: enlightenment. In this game no one gets thrown in jail, no one gets gunned down, no one is impeached, no information gets blocked, no whistle blowers disturb the fragile status quo and no one leaks compromising materials (unless a guru sex scandal, but that’s lost its novelty value by now).
Whatcha gonna do, pound the baddies with the yoga mat? Choke them with the praying beads? Or perhaps, club them with all of eight Jed books?
Spirituality should be parked on the shelves next to kindergarten children’s books – for adult children to bury their noses and souls in. It’s a safe choice.
After all, this is exactly what they are attempting to escape – the gruesome world of Reality, right? Your ‘spirituality’ with all its bells and whistles, falls into the same category as video games, virtual reality gadgets, endless TV serials and even walks around the lake – a safe pretend world you’ve embraced to feel some degree of control in this unpredictable world.
So, while the bombs explode, the arms get traded, the kiddie fiddlers have their way, the shady political deals take place, the legitimate and illegal scams swindle the punters – spiritual ‘teachers’ can offer you a toothless grin, impotent in the face of the human survival machine and, as a result, not giving a fuck.
In the meantime… I am alive and working on putting together Jed’s life timeline or, rather, the timeline of his real earthly embodied incarnation (don’t get an idea that he is incarnated. Just an expression that means he has a body, duh). Just found his father’s photos. The collection keeps expanding.
The problem with this story is the following: the most interesting intricate details beyond still shots and silent documents are being slowly swallowed by Time and Death into the vortex of Eternity. The process is speeding up as Jed is getting older: those who knew his youthful self – are reluctant to talk, are dead or dying off. As a result, much has already been lost to history and will never be recovered. But I wanted to place a Wikipedia article, remember this intent of mine when I started this site?
Here is the thing…. I’ve come to kinda appreciate parts of the real person for his life path and certain modesty. Who, Jed??? yeah, Jed, that arrogant asshole of the books.. who is rather well-behaved and traditional in real life, even boringly so. And those who claim to know the details of his life.. until you went through a few thousand pages with a single intent to locate one word… you know nothing.
Unless you are married to him of course.
However.. Jed did practically nothing about indomitable Ken who, in contrast, has lead a colorfully risky life and pretty much has sealed his Teflon-like status.
Jed’s been a pussy in this particular instance, which I can use as a pathetic excuse to become a pussy myself. Can I???….
Oh wait… I already am!! OK then, I can use Jed’s pathetic nonchalance as an excuse to go all ape in this gorilla (guerrilla) spiritual warfare.
In other words… to bite the bullet and become a total dick.
P.S. I kinda screwed the settings on this website and have no time to fix any of it, as other things are a priority. Just wanted to say ‘hi’ and to go back to investigating, learning, breathing, living.
Be well, all.
Note: Jed, there are monetary dividends due to you going back years, from Iowa times. I am not kidding, you are due some money; it’s sitting unpaid. But my guess is you don’t need it now, not like in the days past.