HUMAN, ALL TOO HUMAN
Human, All Too Human is the title of a book by Friedrich Nietzsche. This title comes to mind when I hear about someone being idolized.
In her book Lives In The Shadow With J Krishnamurt, Radha Sloss mentions how the spiritual leader carried on an affair with her mother. Her mother was married to Krishnamurti’s personal manager. During this affair, her mother had three abortions to avoid having Krishnamurti’s children.
Monica Furlong in her biography of Alan Watts tells of his extramarital affairs and heavy drinking.
The Wall Street Journal published an article in 2011 how Mohandas Gandhi sexually abused his grandnieces. His also made his followers’ wives sleep with him.
The things these people said and wrote are still valid, but it is hard to hold them up as idols knowing what we now know.
It matters not whether it is a spiritual leader, a politician, a movie star, a rock idol, or your next-door neighbor — all are human, all too human.