I also like Rob Brezsny. He's cryptic and poetic, he gives zen riddles instead of specific predictions, and he's full of ideas, like this latest, "Cagey optimism."
It's the anti-DSM-V. For those of you who don't read about psychiatric disorders recreationally, it's the diagnostic manual for psychiatrists. I had to stop reading the DSM-V because it's like WebMD, I began to think I had almost every disorder in there. At one time or another, I'd exhibited about 75 percent of the symptoms.
But then I realized, so had every great person I admired and most of the people I loved. :)
My biggest problem with DSM-V is that the human brain and the human soul are vast mysterious universes that can't be so easily codified. Nothing against psychiatrists, because many of them are brilliant, empathic and extrasensory, just like the best astrologers. They save people's lives. It's the bloody manual that's bothersome.
Brezsny: "Psychiatry and psychotherapy obsess on what's wrong with people and give short shrift to what's right. The manual of these professions is a 991-page textbook called the DSM-V. It identifies scores of pathological states but no healthy ones."
He set out to do an anti-DSM-V. It's excellent--smart, witty, mischievous, and positive without being sunshiney and unrealistic. A must read.
Yours in Blasphemous Reverence, good night.