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4067Re: Sound Like Anybody We Know?

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  • Benjamin R. Douglass
    Dec 2, 2003
      Geeez, Orez,

      Who do you suppose it sounds like...hmmmmm. <BIG MASSIVE WINK>


      --- In eckankartruth@yahoogroups.com, 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
      > self-esteem.
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