*Note* – In J.K.’s 1966 book about an aborted trip to Europe searching for his French roots, “Satori In Paris”, he makes the following declaration – “But I’m not a Buddhist, I’m a Catholic…”
Given that bit of later information I find it interesting that in the mid 1950’s J.K. refutes “Catholic Dualism” as the force behind the “error of Western Civilization with its war of machines” All assumptions of good/evil, right/wrong are based on misconceptions because neither “exist”.
What would have happened if Christ had simply refused to carry his cross to Golgotha?
Aquinas* is irrelevant and Gurdjieff** is an ignoramus. (name calling in the service of Buddha, not very admirable)
Once again(will it ever end?) I find irony in J.K.’s words when he quotes Gurdjieff then says “anyone incapable of seeing through this charlatan’s attempts at being a mysterious seer of some secret oriental wisdom is going to be reborn a novelist”
Et tu, Jack Kerouac?
Next J.K. gets drunk one night in a North Carolina field and writes bad poetry about his mother, the Virgin Mary, snakes, birds, but mostly the corn that surrounds him.
*Thomas Aquinas – lead Catholic philosopher, 13th century, believed heretics should be killed, women were inferior and parents should use corporal punishment on children.
**Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff – 20th century Russian(?) mystic, teacher, believed man was basically “asleep” and higher planes of consciousness were possible. Taught self awareness.