Patrick Watts

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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.

biology and the soul

Carl Jung and Ramana Maharshi restore the soul that J. Krishnamurti denies is there. “There’s no soul there” is not the conclusion Carl Jung or Bhagavan had come to, but J.K. did seem to assert that there was no soul, character or personality, and made that point multiple times. Even U.G. Krishanmurti said he would not speak badly about the deceased.
J.K. perhaps spent too much time mixing with the hardcore secularists which comprised much of the aristocracy he mingled with. There’s one story of J.K. trying to prosecute one of his financiers. I think he got depressed and lost in the guru business that was pushed upon him. That’s not to take away from his ability to play on facts. He had a genius for inquiry and asking great questions while juggling lots of cold facts. I think he gradually mastered the art of bludgeoning people with impossible questions and then letting people down, leading them to that spot where he was: disappointed and depressed, but not without a great capacity for aesthetic enjoyment of nature.

After the Catastrophe (C. Jung)

Some interesting paragraphs from Jung’s 1945 essay “After the Catastrophe” :
„The European, or rather the white man in general, is scarcely in a position to judge of his own state of mind. He is too deeply involved. I had always wanted to see Europeans through other eyes, and eventually I was able, on my many journeys, to establish sufficiently close relationships with non-Europeans to see the European through their eyes. The white man is nervous, restless, hurried, unstable, and (in the eyes of non-Europeans) possessed by the craziest ideas, in spite of his energy and gifts which give him the feeling of being infinitely superior. The crimes he has committed against the coloured races are legion, though obviously this is no justification for any fresh crime, just as the individual is no better for being in a vast company of bad people. Primitives dread the sharply focussed stare in the eye of the European, which seems to them like the evil eye. A Pueblo chieftain once confided to me that he thought all Americans (the only white men he knew) were crazy, and the reasons he gave for this view sounded exactly like a description of people who were possessed. Well, perhaps we are. For the first time since the dawn of history we have succeeded in swallowing the whole of primitive animism into ourselves, and with it the spirit that animated nature. Not only were the gods dragged down from their planetary spheres and transformed into chthonic demons, but, under the influence of scientific enlightenment, even this band of demons, which at the time of Paracelsus still frolicked happily in mountains and woods, in rivers and human dwelling-places, was reduced to a miserable remnant and finally vanished altogether. From time immemorial, nature was always filled with spirit. Now, for the first time, we are living in a lifeless nature bereft of gods. No one will deny the important role which the powers of the human psyche, personified as “gods,” played in the past. The mere act of enlightenment may have destroyed the spirits of nature, but not the psychic factors that correspond to them, such as suggestibility, lack of criticism, fearfulness, propensity to superstition and prejudice—in short, all those qualities which make possession possible. Even though nature is depsychized, the psychic conditions which breed demons are as actively at work as ever. The demons have not really disappeared but have merely taken on another form: they have become unconscious psychic forces. This process of reabsorption went hand in hand with an increasing inflation of the ego, which became more and more evident after the sixteenth century. Finally we even began to be aware of the psyche, and, as history shows, the discovery of the unconscious was a particularly painful episode. Just when people were congratulating themselves on having abolished all spooks, it turned out that instead of haunting the attic or old ruins the spooks were flitting about in the heads of apparently normal Europeans. Tyrannical, obsessive, intoxicating ideas and delusions were abroad everywhere, and people began to believe the most absurd things, just as the possessed do.
The phenomenon we have witnessed in Germany was nothing less than the first outbreak of epidemic insanity, an irruption of the unconscious into what seemed to be a tolerably wellordered world. A whole nation, as well as countless millions belonging to other nations, were swept into the blood-drenched madness of a war of extermination. No one knew what was happening to him, least of all the Germans, who allowed themselves to be driven to the slaughterhouse by their leading psychopaths like hypnotized sheep. Maybe the Germans were predestined to this fate, for they showed the least resistance to the mental contagion that threatened every European. But their peculiar gifts might also have enabled them to be the very people to draw helpful conclusions from the prophetic example of Nietzsche. Nietzsche was German to the marrow of his bones, even to the abstruse symbolism of his madness. It was the psychopath’s weakness that prompted him to play with the “blond beast” and the “Superman.” It was certainly not the healthy elements in the German nation that led to the triumph of these pathological fantasies on a scale never known before. The weakness of the German character, like Nietzsche’s, proved to be fertile soil for hysterical fantasies, though it must be remembered that Nietzsche himself not only criticized the German Philistine very freely but laid himself open to attack on a broad front. Here again the Germans had a priceless opportunity for self-knowledge—and let it slip. And what could they not have learned from the suet-and-syrup of Wagner!
Nevertheless, with the calamitous founding of the Reich in 1871, the devil stole a march on the Germans, dangling before them the tempting bait of power, aggrandizement, national arrogance. Thus they were led to imitate their prophets and to take their words literally, but not to understand them. And so it was that the Germans allowed themselves to be deluded by these disastrous fantasies and succumbed to the age-old temptations of Satan, instead of turning to their abundant spiritual potentialities, which, because of the greater tension between the inner opposites, would have stood them in good stead. But, their Christianity forgotten, they sold their souls to technology, exchanged morality for cynicism, and dedicated their highest aspirations to the forces of destruction. Certainly everybody else is doing much the same thing, but even so there really are chosen people who have no right to do such things because they should be striving for higher treasures. At any rate the Germans are not among those who may enjoy power and possessions with impunity. Just think for a moment what anti-Semitism means for the German: he is trying to use others as a scapegoat for his own greatest fault! This symptom alone should have told him that he had got on to a hopelessly wrong track.“ ~Carl Jung, CW 10, pars. 431-433

“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.

loaded questions

Loaded questions are accusatory, defamatory, presumptuous, etc. “Did you see what you just did?” or…. “Why do you look so weak?” “Why are you such a chicken?” A loaded question will have a built in assumption or conclusion. Loaded questions are a favorite tool of bullies. When someone asks you a loaded question, the only way to answer is with a better question, “Why does one rely on loaded questions?”  The answer is: hypocrisy and character-deficiency.  A psychotherapist who tries to pull a loaded question on you (to shame you) has disqualified herself from the job she was supposed to be doing and deserves to be ignored/dumped.  Find someone who doesn’t rely on hypocritical, self-defeating tactics.

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.



“The hoodlum-occultist is “sociopathic” enough to, see through the conventional charade, the social mythology of his species. “They’re all sheep,” he thinks. “Marks. Suckers. Waiting to be fleeced.” He has enough contact with some more-or-less genuine occult tradition to know a few of the gimmicks by which “social consciousness,” normally conditioned consciousness, can be suspended. He is thus able to utilize mental brutality in place of the simple physical brutality of the ordinary hooligan.
He is quite powerless against those who realize that he is actually a stupid liar.
He is stupid because spending your life terrorizing and exploiting your inferiors is a dumb and boring existence for anyone with more than five billion brain cells. Can you imagine Beethoven ignoring the heavenly choirs his right lobe could hear just to pound on the wall and annoy the neighbors? Gödel pushing aside his sublime mathematics to go out and cheat at cards? Van Gogh deserting his easel to scrawl nasty caricatures in the men’s toilet? Mental evil is always the stupidest evil because the mind itself is not a weapon but a potential paradise.
Every kind of malice is a stupidity, but occult malice is stupidest of all. To the extent that the mindwarper is not 100 percent charlatan through-and-through (and most of them are), to the extent that he has picked up some real occult lore somewhere, his use of it for malicious purposes is like using Shakespeare’s sonnets for toilet tissue or picking up a Picasso miniature to drive nails. Everybody who has advanced beyond the barbarian stage of evolution can see how pre-human such acts are, except the person doing them.
Genuine occult initiation confers “the philosopher’s stone,” “the gold of the wise” and “the elixir of life,” all of which are metaphors for the capacity to greet life with the bravery and love and gusto that it deserves. By throwing this away to indulge in spite, malice and the small pleasure of bullying the credulous, the mindwarper proves himself a fool and a dolt.
And the psychic terrorist, besides being a jerk, is always a liar and a fraud. Healing is easier (and more fun) than cursing, to begin with, and cursing usually backfires or misfires. The mindwarper doesn’t want you to know that. He wants you to think he’s omnipotent.”
― Robert Anton Wilson

the pale criminal

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)



minding your own business

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.