The Theosophical Society decided Jiddu Krishnamurti was the messiah who would save humankind. Awkwardly, Krishnamurti came to believe this was bunkum.
But the legend is not true. The real story is much more interesting.
It is true that Krishnamurti ditched the Theosophical Society, but he never renounced his divine authority, nor the material privileges and benefits bestowed on him by devotees.
He taught that ‘truth is a pathless land’ — that we could all attain a state of enlightenment he had attained, free from all beliefs and conditioning. But one couldn’t get there through any guru or teaching or practice. In which case, why bang on about it for six decades, giving enough talks to fill 200 books?
Why? Because it was his role, his star persona, and he was stuck in it. He couldn’t get off the stage and just be an ordinary human, he had to be The World Teacher.
He spent much of his life living in California, not far from Hollywood, and I think his life-story is a classic Hollywood tragedy, like Sunset Boulevard. A damaged child star gets trapped in the role he had created for himself, and ends up giving up real love for fan worship. It’s a tale of child abuse, trauma, ecstasy, celebrity, and, finally, loneliness.
“The Americans expecially have that terrible black shadow behind them. It’s as if they made a pure-culture (Reinkultur) of all their good qualities, which they bring out into the open, and so you think the person is a hundred percent pure gold.” – Carl Jung, My Mother and I. Pg. 245
These are the nine traits that comprised “the researchers” D-factor:
– Egoism. The excessive concern with one’s own pleasure or advantage at the expense of community well-being.
– Machiavellianism. Manipulativeness, callous affect and strategic-calculating orientation.
– Moral Disengagement. A generalized cognitive orientation to the world that differentiates individuals’ thinking in a way that powerfully affects unethical behavior.
– Narcissism. An all-consuming motive for ego reinforcement.
– Psychological Entitlement. A stable and pervasive sense that one deserves more and is entitled to more than others.
– Psychopathy. Deficits in affect, callousness, self-control and impulsivity.
– Sadism. Intentionally inflicting physical, sexual or psychological pain or suffering on others in order to assert power and dominance or for pleasure and enjoyment.
– Self-Interest. The pursuit of gains in socially valued domains, including material goods, social status, recognition, academic or occupational achievement and happiness.
– Spitefulness. A preference that would harm another but that would also entail harm to oneself. This harm could be social, financial, physical or an inconvenience.
The Dark Core Scale
1. It is hard to get ahead without cutting corners here and there.
2. I like to use clever manipulation to get my way.
3. People who get mistreated have usually done something to bring it on themselves.
4. I know that I am special because everyone keeps telling me so.
5. I honestly feel I’m just more deserving than others.
6. I’ll say anything to get what I want.
7. Hurting people would be exciting.
8. I try to make sure others know about my successes.
9. It is sometimes worth a little suffering on my part to see others receive the punishment they deserve.
Another loaded question that these smug professionals will pull on you, “You’re STILL doing that? or, You’re STILL stuck on that?” Here’s a good reply to this one: “You’re STILL a psychiatrist? or You’re STILL working for a bank? + You’re STILL trying to defraud and embarrass your neighbor? + You’re STILL not capable of doing something worthwhile with your life?” Not sorry.
To all the bullshitters:
Thanks for showing me who I don’t want to be.
This spectacle recalls the figure of what Nietzsche so aptly calls the “pale criminal,” who in reality shows all the signs of hysteria. He simply will not and cannot admit that he is what he is; he cannot endure his own guilt, just as he could not help incurring it. He will stoop to every kind of self-deception if only he can escape the sight of himself. It is true that this happens everywhere, but nowhere does it appear to be such a national characteristic as in Germany. I am by no means the first to have been struck by the inferiority feelings of the Germans. What did Goethe, Heine, and Nietzsche have to say about their countrymen? A feeling of inferiority does not in the least mean that it is unjustified. Only, the inferiority does not refer to that side of the personality, or to the function, in which it visibly appears, but to an inferiority which none the less really exists even though only dimly suspected. This condition can easily lead to an hysterical dissociation of the personality, which consists essentially in one hand not knowing what the other is doing, in wanting to jump over one’s own shadow, and in looking for everything dark, inferior, and culpable in others. Hence the hysteric always complains of being surrounded by people who are incapable of appreciating him and who are activated only by bad motives; by inferior mischief-makers, a crowd of sub-men who should be exterminated neck and crop so that the Superman can live on his high level of perfection. The very fact that his thinking and feeling proceed along these lines is clear proof of inferiority in action. Therefore all hysterical people are compelled to torment others, because they are unwilling to hurt themselvesby admitting their own inferiority. But since nobody can jump out of his skin and be rid of himself, they stand in their own way everywhere as their own evil spirit—and that is what we call an hysterical neurosis.“ ~Carl Jung, CW 10, Para 417
“As distinct from wrongful imprisonment, commitment not only robs the “patient” of her freedom, but also of her status, her credibility, and her very humanity. No one doubts that there are intelligent, competent people in prison. Get tagged with the epithet “crazy,” however, and people refuse to believe anything you say. The only thing scarier than losing your mind is everyone else believing you’ve lost it. There’s precedent for the use of psychiatry as a weapon against political dissent. The Soviet Union classified Party disloyalty as a mental illness, and Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the father of American psychiatry, identified opposition to the American revolution, as well as excess zeal for liberty, as forms of insanity. If there’s no way to tell the difference between a delusion and a misapprehension, how can we justify using delusion as a criterion for taking away people’s freedom?” (Logan Albright)
People who don’t like to be alone and need lots of words and talking and feel compelled to wander over to the neighbor to get some play time…… it’s a huge effort for them to mind their own business. It’s kind of like the effort it takes to quit smoking. It’s difficult to do nothing, right? The thing that takes no effort is harassing your neighbor because you’re curious, bored, malicious, greedy, avaricious, whatever it is that’s driving you. There’s no doubt that minding your own business takes a huge effort for those who like to be busy nosing and thumbing their way into another family or house.