Consolidating gains (4 October 2008)
I'm thinking about your reply. I admit I'm surprised: I would have figured the numbers had increased. Mustn't have felt very good to take risks and have the numbers dwindle like that; being "punished" with relative obscurity for doing right -- Hmmm. Maybe, though, this development could serve as a spur to encourage you to let those who are interested in psychohistory but are not those who would push the discipline where it really ought to and could go, go. (I wonder if some of your interpretations of America's current situation could be presented so that mags like McSweeney would draw their readers' attention to it. I think your “Reagan's America” one of the most interesting and fun works I've ever read. Something like that done for the current four year cycle, maybe . . . )
In any case, maybe this discussion group could continue to do some real good that'll draw in some of those who've had it with it with tentative bullshit from those who are far more interested in consolidating their lives' gains than in engaging in potentially psychologically unnerving explorations (to me, that sums up a hell of a lot of academia, as I experienced it) of psychic experience. I know that personally whenever I see writers/thinkers these days who are willing to look foolish to explore ideas they find interesting, I cheer loudly. Hasn't been an age for this kind of thing -- for it usually means being ignored by everyone ("what's up with that strange fellow?"--and then they move on) while others are oh so loudly and repeatedly feted: and that's almost impossible for even the healthiest to be able to take. Still, there are books being written like that popular underground British one – “Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit?” --which suggest to me that maybe brazen risk-takers will start getting the support they deserve and may to some extent need, from the people who'll most matter in the upcoming years -- that is, by those who have had enough support from their mothers that they don't need to use literature/science/society to shore-up/strengthen their fragile psyches ("please don't let the earth crumble from underneath me!"), and who really are interested in undertaking new journeys, whatever the risk.