When Heroes Fall
Along with the usual circus of the presidential election year we have a real pair to draw to this time and they raise the crazy bar on a daily basis. While Clinton is on her deathbed according to some sites, we have Trump openly suggesting that some of the "second amendment people" make sure she doesn't recover. Once again; the 'law & order candidate' is clearly advocating even more violence. This time against his opponent.
We all have to make our way in this world somehow. For most it boils down to a 40 hour work week plus overtime. Others elect to pick a profession and attempt to excel at it. Some make that profession by entertaining the rest of us in various ways, others by being in service to others. Some become professional stage magicians who amaze us with their powers of illusion while others become professional deceivers, like lawyers, politicians and pedophiles. And that's OK, we accept that life is far from perfect and that some decidedly dark shit is always going down somewhere: That's why we have heroes.
When we drag ourselves home from that 40+ hour work week and it's time to relax; our heroes usually aren't far from reach. Music from our favorite musician washes away the accumulated stress, and whether it's winning the super bowl or getting 22 olympic gold medals, we love watching our heroes win, lose or draw. The only time we don't want to watch our heroes; is when they fall. First comes the shock of breaking news that one of our culture heroes is just human after all. After that comes that empty-twisted gut-wrenching feeling that once again we've been taken in by charm and a smile.
Jimmy Savile was a beloved and famous British DJ, promoter and Television entertainer who after his death became known as perhaps Britain's most prolific sexual predator. Some red flags were seen when he was still alive, but guess what, swept under the rug of collective unconscious because he was popular and we didn't want to know.
(Peter, Paul & Mary). All child molesters.
Producer Victor Salva, who gave us "Powder" and both "Jeepers Creepers" films; also a convicted child molester.
Next, for perhaps the lowest and worst of the pedophile predators we have to look no further than the clergy. Catholics predominantly, but certainly all other religious denominations, sects and churches also are infiltrated by these cowardly demons who only prey on the young, weak & vulnerable. It's nothing short of an outrage that the head of the catholic church always protects his priests from prosecution even as he admits there is a problem. It's a problem our best reaction to so far is ignoring it and sending in more boys to be molested.
& brainwashed into believing such behavior is normal, so little wonder they go on to a life of sexually predating on our children. Because it's such a distasteful subject we tend to ignore it, not discuss it, but most of all we DO next to nothing to stop this vicious cycle of abuse. Whenever another pedophile story hits the news everyone wrings their hands in dismay and wails in unison that this must end; yet it never does.
The thing about pedophile predators is that they tend to be like the energizer bunny; they just keep going, and going - until they are stopped. Even when locked up many have said they would offend again if released. The only way to stop them IS to lock them up. There is no such thing as pedophile rehabilitation. You cannot rehabilitate predators. These deviant sociopaths as we've seen, come from every profession, every religion and every station in life. They are, in fact, everywhere.
So now today a few million people are feeling that kicked in the gut and shat upon feeling with the emerging expose, and admission that Zen Gardner spent nearly three decades working his way into a leadership position of a child abuse cult. Not only that, but his primary job was that of media chief; in charge of public relations, "image management" and press releases. Followers and fans of his across the planet are collectively dealing with the sense of loss, anger and betrayal over these revelations. Some of them are going to be needing some serious help considering he is running an online cult. Some of his followers even now are in full-on denial, spouting every excuse in the book. Yeah some of them are gonna need some real help, so let's remember to be gentile with them, OK?
We all need to remember here that when it comes to Zen Gardner, he did not willingly post his "missing years" mea culpa confession. He was given an ultimatum by a peer professional; to come clean and admit the fullness of his involvement in that child abuse cult~ or it would be done for him. So the artful dodger brushed off his image management tools and offered up a severely diluted version which painted himself as one of the victims.
These questions and many others cannot just be brushed aside with some twisted, convoluted Zen wisdom laced with flowery new age rhetoric about the power of forgiveness. No, not this time. If Zen Gardner will not voluntarily come clean about the complete total truth of his involvement, we cannot force him to.
However there IS something we CAN do to get deeper into the truth of the matter, and that is by utilizing the technology known as Reverse Speech. Any recording of him speaking will do nicely. Certainly there must be some David Oates trained technicians out there who are up to the task. How about it folks? Any takers? No matter how slick this artful dodger is he cannot control his unconscious speech reversals. I'll bet there are some juicy little insights to Zen Gardner's mind just waiting to be discovered.
Zen Gardner is far from the first predator to wear the guise of spiritual teacher and Guru: and sad to say he likely as not will be far from the last of such charlatans. Ever hear of this fellow Marc Gafni? He's yet another spiritual guru, teacher and self-help leader with a 20 year wake of child molestation and sexual predation behind him. You may know him by another name, he uses five different ones, but again the eyes tell all you need to know.
Or are we going to continue pretending nothing is wrong with our society and do nothing? So much filth has now been swept under the rug we need motorized transportation to get across the room. Time to clean house folks. How many more young lives must be ruined? How many more generations must we endure this never-ending nightmare cycle of abuse. Can't we figure out a way to break the chain reaction of abused becoming the abuser?
The wetiko were the greed crazed "49ers" who flooded the freshly discovered California gold fields. They killed more than one hundred thousand native Americans because they were living where the gold was, & the wetiko wanted it, so they took it. They also often took the native women and young girls for prostitution, and trade with slavers.
The wetiko is also earth's population of pedophile predators, flesh peddlers & the black market for white slaves. Consuming other humans for fun and profit. Tell me again, why is it we allow such things to even exist on this gem of a planet~ oh yeah, that's right, we let the psychopaths run everything, and they protect their own first and foremost. Family values and all that! Did you ever stop and wonder if just maybe all of us decent, moral folks are just their livestock, to be used & slaughtered at whim? I think I'm starting to finally understand why humans love vampires.
When our own personal heroes fall in public shame & disgrace because of human frailty we take it hard. Yes, we take it very hard indeed when we discover most or all of what we believed about someone was just a commercial front, to enhance profits. When we find that beneath the talent or grace we admired there was only a huckster all along. We don't like being fooled, conned and lied to by anyone, ever: when our heroes do it to us it hurts especially hard. We dislike that we can be so easily taken in, that we are so eager to believe that we forget due diligence, we forget to check credentials, or credit those feelings that something ain't quite right.
When our spiritual heroes fall, they land on those of us who held them in high esteem, and it hurts. The result is disillusion, disengagement, and spiritual disharmony. We begin to doubt all spiritual leaders. Our search for prophets so often leads us only to those who seek profits at our expense~ Wetiko. When spiritual heroes fall we risk becoming jaded, our progress upon our spiritual path can stagnate resulting in us doubting ourselves as well as selfish, self proclaimed spiritual leaders.
The toll all this ugly business takes on us is massive. Many of us have dealt with bouts of borderline physical illness after the Children of God revelations by Zen Gardner, as well as world class cognitive dissonance and that old kicked in the gut sensation that just won't go away. Those not brainwashed by his charisma are feeling repulsed, angry and just a little Godsmacked at the scale and darkness of the depravity revealed. We now recognize that the Zen Gardner website "Just Wondering" is an elaborately deceptive CULT. Simple as that! The only question before us now as a spiritual community is if we are going to continue to allow it to exist.
Thanks to Chautaugua at: http://augureye.blogspot.com