Sofia names new president amid student protest
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on Dec 19, 2013
Trustees of Palo Alto's Sofia University named an interim president Thursday as students and faculty protested in front of the school, demanding new leadership, including replacement of trustees.
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posted Thursday, December 19, 2013, 3:57 PM
Posted by redpill
a resident of another community
on Dec 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm
I get what Dukkha-baby and Brigitte are saying. I agree that their observations should not be dismissed, but pondered deeply by all seeking personal integrity, especially those on the clinical track.
For somebody merely getting a degree in Transpersonal studies (even if it's one of those over-priced "doctorate" degrees), the olfactory sensitivity to spiritual stench may not be as sharp as for somebody being trained in the clinical end of things. To begin with, transpersonal clinicians (and perhaps even more so, spiritual guides) are judged by a different standard: ethically, morally and/or spiritually they must walking-the-talk. They have a fiduciary duty and, if they are to have any legitimacy in the eyes of the community the live in, those they supposedly serve and those they teach (that goes especially for the faculty at ITP), they will have to come out smelling really good on the spiritual hypocrisy scale. In short, here we have certain considerations that those merely pursuing a Transpersonal degree do not have, and judging by previous comments, don't begin to grasp.
Now, having established a context we can work with, let's just look at one, but a major, example of the hypocrisy and stench alluded to be others. Let's travel down the rabbit hole a little deeper, shall we?
Consider for a moment that many (probably 83% plus, including psychiatrists, psychologists, spiritual "guides", MFTs, etc.) at ITP giddily embraced not just this, but also another "president" without any apparent reservations ... never showing any discernment or inclination to seriously question background or qualifications simply because he had "cred" in their circles. Having been fool-heartedly declared as a force for good and "one of their own," they enthusiastically applauded him when he undeservedly got the Noble Peace Prize, and were even more than happy to give him free reign to codify Bush's transgressions and commit countless additional civil liberties and human rights transgressions of his own, sheepishly looking on as they did while he busily dismantled the Bill of Rights, eliminated any vestiges of privacy for the human race (I won't even get into the implications of this for the helping professions), and strengthened the pesky American tendency of silencing and disowning, and if necessary, killing those who oppose empire (all for maintaining supremacy and for money, money, money). Astonishingly, these same transpersonal individuals, also embrace the idea of people becoming debt-slaves to a soulless juggernaut by going further and further in debt so that ITP coffers can be filled with government dollars and so that students can get what is increasingly becoming--given this economy, the state of the world and many transpersonal acolytes undeveloped level of consciousness--little more than a vanity degree.
So, what you have here are a bunch of sanctimonious people preaching love, non-violence and self-agency giving an ego-maniac a free hand to declare himself king, take down his country, declare hunting season on all who oppose him, and by doing all of this, tightening and worsening the noose of the matrix we all live in? All of which sounds eerily similar to what they apparently allowed to happen at ITP. The fact that this so highly "inclusive", "enlightened" and "transpersonal" community enables people like this to be in the driver seat as they rampage through peoples' lives makes them responsible for the all the misery that follows, something that would be hilarious if it weren't for the fact that it is an outrage of the first order. It completely discredits them in a multitude of fundamental ways (getting a whiff of the spiritual hubris and stench yet?). The flawed discernment of this "progressive" bunch of "deep transpersonal" thinkers appears to have a knack for repeatedly bring heart-breaking grief, misery and destruction into the world, while all along the fancy themselves to be the light of the world that cools fevers and heals people's trauma.
The questions people need to ask themselves are, What horribly god-forsaken, rationalizing and/or naive views do we have about ourselves, our conception of transpersonalism (or spirituality) and the world we live in? … as well as … What do we need to change about ourselves as human beings so as to avoid visiting untold harm upon others, including those we teach, advise and counsel? That should be the primary consideration above all else. Getting to the bottom of these questions would presumably help them to then answer why ITP is so collectively dysfunctional as an institution.
Those who are inclined to swallow the red pill can go to Youtube and begin their journey by first listening to what Chris Hedges (former seminarian, NY Times war correspondent, Pulitzer prize winner, and unabashed truth-teller) has to say about the Death of the Liberal Class and their perniciously misguided tendency to think of themselves as the standard-bearers of the down-trodden and oppressed, as well as all that is good, true and right (cough, cough).