Robert Moore’s Facing the Dragon: Confronting Personal and Spiritual Grandiosity is an ambitious attempt to explain the psychology of evil. Why, the author wants to know, do well-intentioned people do horrible things? His answer centers around the concept of
Great review thank you!
Regarding collective evil and nazi Germany in particular it's no coincidence that this feeling of grandiosity has been pumped up by psychoactive drugs.
In fact it has been said that if it weren't for the drugs, things might have never gotten that evil...
This was a fantastic review, I’m happy the book managed to help you on your journey :)
This was spectacular. What an amazing summary of the book I loved the respect with which you summarised and slapped the book. It's what we should all be striving to do - kill your darlings and all that. I think you did a good job of separating the wheat from the chaff in it. I like that you covered his death as well and thought you handled that well. And above all I loved the personal aside. Might be my personal taste but I just love to see how someone has digested the book and the meaning it has but in this case it was particularly effective: firstly because you handled the book so even-handedly that to read about its effect on you was a surprise and secondly because you did such a thorough job outlining the book it didn't make the piece seem like an opinion piece at all it seemed like a cherry on top. I've struggled with this in my work and have tended to separate my relationship to the work into a different piece but seeing how you've done it I actually thought it was amazing. So all in all a very long winded way of saying that I loved this piece and am looking forward to reading more. Keep up the fine work!
Big fan of Moore's work, thank you for sharing!
Good article. I don't think the Dragon is thinking anything, the Dragon is unconscious, it is the unconscious. Just the Hellish part of the Infinite ocean of Mind.