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Derek Best has contributed to several publications, including Macleans Magazine Canada, and Omni Magazine, USA. He is has also produced many documentary films for Television. For many years, he has been interested in A Course in Miracles, a metaphysical thought system, and maintains the official website for that organization. "ACIM", he says "is central to my personal way of seeing the world." This site is strictly personal however. Derek has an eclectic range of interests, and writes about them here as the mood strikes him.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sociopathic thoughts

If you practise Course thinking enough it sometimes becomes embarrassingly difficult to distinguish yourself from a sociopath. Conventional coveted values of birth and death and family and friends give way to a kind of bemused universal acceptance, which superficially resembles indifference. NOT getting excited (for example) about children's day or fathers' day has the appearance of indifference. Inside it feels like clear vision. There's the rub... what psychopath doesn't believe he has clearer vision than the others?

I'm tired of America's love affair with itself. If I see one more movie which smugly depicts New York City as the glittering skyscraper capital of the world, or brags about Manhattan's "seven million inhabitants." First of all the seven million figure pertains to all the boroughs, not just Manhattan. Second - seven million is a small town to anyone who's ever done much travelling. The "medium sized" city of Chengdu which was destroyed by last month's earthquake in China was ten million people. Seoul is twelve million, Mexico City is eighteen million, Shanghai is twenty million, Tokyo is twenty eight million. New York city is historic indeed but is not at all the unique colossus it is presented to be; architecturally or in any other way. America is rapidly marginalizing itself politically and culturally.


Anonymous don said...

Before studying ACIM I convinced my family we should leave it all (a 9-to-5 in New York) and start an organic farm in WV. Uh oh. Now my wife says, "What happened? Why don't you care about nutrition, healthy food, or the body like you used to?" Yikes.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous colleen said...

I completely agree. This is a mom and apple-pie culture and while there is nothing intrisically wrong with that, it is sill a distraction to make an idol of it. Still I feel if we alienate friends and family with our beliefs we must be doing something wrong, mustn't we?

10:43 AM  
Blogger eolake said...

Dear Sir, I only read one post so far, and already I love you. :-)

Anyway, a sociopath is not just indifferent, but destructive.

And if you worry about being indifferent (I have too, sometimes), clearly you're not quite serene yet, are you? :-)

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok Derek... where three months... where you at?

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FIVE MONTHS?!?! Derek, where are you brother?

6:53 PM  
Anonymous marian said...

Hi Derek--just thinking about you. Hope you're okay.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now SIX months and counting... Here's hoping that you are okay and that we will hear from you soon, D

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, D... We miss you... You coming back ANY time soon?

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crickets....... Silence.....

It has been a very long time, my friend..... Hello?

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nine LONG months without a post, Derek... Where art thou? Hope everything is ok and you are well.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Derek.... It's June the third, Brother.... a full year since your last post. We miss you and wonder where you are - and hope you are okay.... - D

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two and a half years of silence.... I hope you are well and life is good for you.... Merry Christmas, Derek.



9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three Years and Counting.... It would be great if you popped back up, Derek.



11:03 PM  


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