“…and I want everything in the universe”(J.K.) Where have we heard a similar declaration? “We want the world and we want it…now!”(Jim Morrison)
Reference to Hieronymus Bosch when J.K. mentions “enthusiasms down the drain”. Also laments “who the hell asked for this?” after complaining of practicing his Buddhist teachings in solitude. The lone American sitting cross-legged while the world burns with no one to talk about it, admits he was happier before Buddha than when practicing it. That’s the problem with being a trend setter or front runner with some sort of complex(inferiority?), you need other around for reassurance or validation. If he had waited 10-15 years, assuming he actually lived that long, J.K. would have been surrounded with multitudes of like minded spiritual seekers. On the other hand, they might have driven him to drink just the same.