Archive | February 2012

Harper Crossed the RoboCon

I’ve been waylaid in posting further on the issue of narcissism by the latest political scandal to embroil the Conservative government of Stephen Harper here in Canada. It is perhaps the most outrageous scandal to date from amongst a long list, and may well be the undoing of the Harperites, if not even of the Conservative Party itself.
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On Truth

It would be fitting to follow up on my previous remarks on narcissism and delusion — or narcissistic delusion — by addressing the possible objection: “Well, what else is there?” If the narcissism of the false self is the “human, all-too-human” condition — and is otherwise (mistakenly) called “human nature” — why not accept it as such? That is to say, why not accept that there is no knowable Truth in the universal sense, only partial perspectives?
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A Withering From Within

In the former Dark Age Blog, I called our own present-day Four Riders of the Apocalypse by the names Double-Talk, Double-Think, Double-Standard, Double-Bind. They are just the various names for Nihilism. If former Maclean’s Magazine columnist Andrew Coyne thought we had come to embrace a “culture of lying”, or Arthur Herzog much earlier identifed “faking it” and The B.S. Factor (1973) as the dominant mode of contemporary public discourse, it is similary in recognition of the duplicity that undermines society presently and which has become so habitual and chronic that it is rarely even acknowledged as being an aberrant and near pathological condition. It is even considered impolite today to point that out.

(And wherever I use the term “society” I almost invariably mean the same as “commonwealth” — that is, what is “shared” in common, as is the derived meaning of the terms communicate, community, common). Read More…

Becoming What You Are: Narcissism and Self-Overcoming

Among Carlos Castaneda’s admirers and detractors both, few seem to appreciate or understand that his apprenticeship to the old Yaqui “sorcerer” who he called “don Juan Matus” was entirely about erasing the boundaries of the self so that “the wings of perception” could unfold. In other words, from first to last his apprenticeship was about overcoming the narcissism of what don Juan called Castaneda’s “precious self”.

And about that there are many lessons to be learned.
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Age of Delusion: Reflections on Narcissism and Self-Destruction IV

I’m closing in on the last pages of Twenge’s and Campbell’s The Narcissism Epidemic and some things are becoming clearer.
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