4067Re: Sound Like Anybody We Know?
- Dec 2, 2003Geeez, Orez,
Who do you suppose it sounds like...hmmmmm. <BIG MASSIVE WINK>
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, samorez@a... wrote:
> Subject: Sound like anybody you know?
> From: samorez@a... (Samo)
> Date: 12/1/2003 7:27 PM Pacific Standard Time
> Message-id: <f4d2a888.0312011927.1b9a9ad2@p...>
> 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
> 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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