Bear with me…I like telling stories.
There’s this story of one dude who lived a bizarre, wonderful, consternating life. He was like a “standup” teacher, going on the road. He liked to challenge the status quo of the day and challenged people to think. He accepted everyone (except the overly religious, harsh, self-righteous, judgemental know-it-alls of the time) but he didn’t let people live easy and he didn’t give easy answers.
His teaching was profound. He spoke very confidently and never felt the need to defend himself. He set down an ethical standard impossible to reach. For instance, He told people to love their enemies, to do nice things for them. He also said that if someone demands something from you (like a stylish coat), give him that and more. Weird. He couldn’t tolerate judgement, as a matter of fact, he expressly said over and over not to judge other people. He also had a lot to say about human psychology and how people can lay their crap on you. He was this phenomenal teacher and yet the thinkers, movers and shakers of the time accused him of conspiring, of being a fake, of being interested in political matters. But in all actuality, he lived a life in full sync what he taught…he also expressed a respect for the political leaders of the time.
He was also accused of eating and drinking way too much, considered to be crazy (by his family and friends) and sometimes, just downright hated for what he represented.
He most clearly identified with the losers of the time. He loved people. Something about the de-valued attracted him. He hung out with the homeless, the poor, the outsiders, and those ostracized by mainstream society. He had tremendous patience with people and always found time for them, but had no tolerance for institutions or injustice.
He wanted to get people involved in something exciting, something bigger than themselves and he pointed the way.
That why he’s someone I wanted to know more about.