I have heard countless times that Alan watts and osho were immoral. Alan watts was into his booze and had failed marriages and osho… Well osho I have heard liked his ladies.
I don’t know how true this is and I don’t really care. I’ve never been one for biographical information because words stand or fall on their own.
The people that report this to me think they are revealing the charlatanism of these guru types but really they are revealing that they either haven’t read/heard what they have to say or that they have but have failed to understand.
Now if you get Alan Watts and Osho you will see that what they are describing is freedom. That good and bad are a game we construct on top of reality.
Sure reality supports our games but it also supports many other games. Even further it supports many mutually exclusive games.
There’s an unspoken bit of any moral claim. “X is good” is how they are presented but if they wanted to be a more accurate representation they should add “according to me”.
Freedom is a double edged sword in that you cannot have it if you do not give it to everything else. As a human I can’t or rather won’t give it to everyone because quite simply I am a selfish individual concerned over the state of my neck.
I want to not be murdered and stolen from in other words.
So I am for locking up murderers because the less murderers wandering around the less likely I am to be murdered.
As a result of this if I murder I am likely to be locked up. I have exchanged my freedom from come uppance if I murder for an increased likelihood of not being murdered.
I refuse to take refuge in a fiction about how the cosmos supports my moral preferences.
But what Alan Watts talks about is what is. He doesn’t give any rules. Therefore he cannot be a charlaten.
The reason I admire these men… Or rather the reason I experience thrills at what they say is that I have always had that inkling that if you could be in someone else’s shoes you could forgive them easily.
I have had a desire for as long as I can remember to be able to express all the dark and grotty secrets in an open manner.
Funnily enough as I have followed this carrot I have cared less about it. But anyway…
The people who criticize people like Alan and Osho in this way are not really criticizing them at all.
They are really saying “I don’t like what they say and freedom scares me” but trying to mask it in an cloak of objectivity.
Again it’s an example of what people are doing with morality all the time.
They are scared. They don’t want to be hurt. So they express this desire as if it were a law of nature in the hopes that it will stop people hurting them.
It may work for some people but not for everyone as is evidenced by the packed state of the prison system.
Funnily enough I bet if you were to ask criminals whether they thought their action was good or bad a lot of them would say it was bad and they felt guilty.
What this shows is that morality and guilt are heavy shields that just don’t work.
So I’ve thrown mine away.
Which is the advice of Alan and osho.
So to finish.
What these people are really saying is that people like Alan Watts aren’t carrying a shield and they should be and what is more they are telling other people to throw their shields away!