The newish movie Zeitgeist says 12 disciples of Jesus=12 zodiac constellations around Sun. Now after seeing it, I am meeting people who say that the Bible is an astronomical allegory. So here's another number 12 tie in: the 12 Step Movement. Have you encountered this huge network of people, supposedly inspired by the spiritual teachings of Carl Jung?
Jack Kerouac: Does a duck have Buddha-nature?
Werebrock: When through the 12 steps of quackery I morph into a duck, I won't care and then
JK: What's that you say, grass hopper?
Werebrock (suddenly pounces and grabs something in the dirt with his new bill) Quack!
In a circle it goes around, call and response rhythm 'verbing around 4 circuits of chairs.
Like Godzilla's rumbling tread we shout. We're in this church basement on Saturday morning, we've checked a lot of our identities at the door, and we're focused on the patterns of unpleasentness in our lives and how we bypass them with faith in a higher power. Venting out frustration to people who listen but ain't beholden to your head trip like's done in these 12 step groups, it can be a free lunch for the people who care for you, cuz you've got more attention to focus on the finer things in life while you're with them.
I've heard people say that this is an evil cult, for it coerces people into thinking they're under the abstraction that drives religious people to act counterintuitively. Yet does a plant grows towards the sun without confessing that the sun is above them, and I am experiencing a populous, international movement, organized anarchistically for self-improvement- freedom of choice by freedom from habit. I'll be back next week.