4066Sound Like Anybody We Know?
- Dec 2, 2003Subject: Sound like anybody you know?
From: samorez@... (Samo)
Date: 12/1/2003 7:27 PM Pacific Standard Time
Critical examination of the lives and beliefs of gurus demonstrates
that our psychiatric labels and our conceptions of what is or is not
mental illness are woefully inadequate. How, for example, does one
distinguish an unorthodox or bizarre faith from delusion?
Gurus are isolated people, dependent upon their disciples, with no
possiblity of being disciplined by a Church or criticized by
contemporaries. They are above the law. The guru usurps the place of
God. Whether Gurus have suffered from manic-depressive illness,
schizophrenia, or any other form of recognized, diagnosable mental
illness is interesting but ultimately unimportant. What distinguishes
gurus and masters from more orthodox teachers is not their
manic-depressive mood swings, not their thought disorders, not their
delusional beliefs, not their hallucinatory visions, not their
mystical states of ecstasy: it is their narcissism.
Anthony Storr, 'Feet of Clay'
Narcissism: A psychological condition characterized by
self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in
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