Stephen Dinan (until now unknown to me) on how he has gotten disillusioned in the last 1 1/2 years. An absolutely brilliant text, a packed analysis of the state of parts of the New Age Spirituality scene. A long but highly readable review.
“At the deepest level, we are each participating in an upgrade to the human cultural operating system to a worldview that is holistic, sacred, inclusive, global, and expresses in a more peaceful and sustainable lifestyle.
But this collective crisis has revealed serious design flaws that are corrupting that code and need to be addressed with patches or fixes in some fashion so that the new worldview actually is a sustainable and healthy upgrade.”
Anatomy of Delusion: How Otherwise Conscious People Descended into the Darkness
As a man, I can’t help but dwell a little extra on the episode about the phenomenon of “Flow Boy”. Dinan writes, not without self-criticism:
“The Flow Boy is often exceptionally good at dancing, romancing, and wandering the world. They often do so well into their fifties. They eschew commitments, often champion polyamory and economically don’t tend to build much of enduring value.
They pride themselves on how conscious they are but when it comes to employment, family, or institutional or civic responsibilities, they are basically evasive. Their freedom is defined by their ability to follow the impulse of the moment. The dance and festival scene is filled with folks like this and there’s a great lament among spiritual women that there simply aren’t enough solid, reliable men to go around.”
Above is an interview with the author, made by the philosopher Jules Evans.