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April 22, 2021

Editorial: Messiah of the week

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It would be safe to say philosopher Alan Watts would not have liked to be thought of as a messiah, and that is a good thing.

Hans Lovejoy, editor

Messiahs! They are everywhere, especially in Byron Shire.

You know the messianic type – they yearn to be followed and admired for their wise words and good deeds.

Some are religious or political, while others have built up a cult following based around spirituality (for example).

And then there are many who are just small fry with only a few followers.

Fun fact – the name messiah comes from the Hebrew word Mashiach, which means anointed one, which could be a priest or king or both.

It’s always impressive to see how one person can manipulate others with their Jedi-like hypnotism and charm.

The yearning to follow is perhaps a natural state of being for most humans, given that society appears to be made up of around 15 per cent of critical independent thinkers and 85 per cent who aren’t (you are a critical independent thinker btw, that’s why you live here).

Yet it’s easy to be misguided and misled by messiahs – not all have a desire to impart wisdom to raise the collective frequency. A good example is that some curanderos, or native traditional native healers, are compromised. Or just plain fake.

It’s a big, wide world out there, and it’s important to know where to get quality psychic protection from.

As critical independent thinkers know, the messiahs who need an audience should be treated with suspicion or ignored.

Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986) reputedly hated the attention. A gem of his wisdom was, ‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society’.

Another philosopher of high repute who didn’t appear interested in fame was Alan Watts (1915–1973).

He is widely credited as the first to bring the knowledge of Eastern religious and philosophy (Chinese, Indian, and Japanese) to a Western audience in the 1960s.

Having dabbled in psychedelics, Watts was malleable and didn’t take life too seriously, which are perhaps two of life’s greatest lessons.

Watts once said, ‘I have realised that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.’

So let’s not waste time with the second-rate messiahs – there are enough of the good ones about. Swapping Jordan Peterson for Terrence McKenna would be a good start.

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1 COMMENT

  1. I like to paraphrase that quote of Jiddu Krishamurti, and state that it is no measure of sanity to be well-adjusted to a profoundly insane society.

    I am available for interviews to explain how and why the Earth is flat. In fact, iconic Julian Rocks is my go-to number-one favourite proof for it.

    Simply go to the beach, and see it entirely above the horizon. This is the point where traditionalists will claim the curvature begins, because boats start disappearing bottom-first from this point.

    However, a vanishing-point is merely a limit created by the angular resolution determined by the height of the viewer. Walk up to the light-house to an elevation of just under 100 metres, and see for yourself, that Julian Rocks is surrounded by miles and miles of perfectly flat and level water.

    I will say, however, that I was always of the belief that Messiah translated as Messenger, and Christ or Christos referred to Anointed One. I make my own version of blended essential oils which work brilliantly to keep my skin and hair in excellent condition, is a mild sunscreen, and prevents insect bites of any kind.

    As Jesus once said: the time will come when all men will do as I have done, and much more.

    4 and 8 are the numbers of fate and destiny. If I survive to this year’s Winter Solstice, I’ll be turning 48. Coincidence? Most likely.

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