I cannot say why I didn’t make this a post of its own from the start. It should have been. I guess I didn’t want to blog about porn and such stuff. I did notice, however, that the Conner Habib story got quite popular, and I think my friend who sent me the link should receive due credit. (It was a brilliant find!) Then I posted it in some places — on facebook, on critics and on twitter –and it spread, I don’t know how, and don’t know exactly where, when and the rest of it, but it did. I read lots of hilarious comments on it. Anyway, I should have written a proper post for the blog, but out of stupidity or misplaced prudishness, I didn’t. I wrote silly comments instead, comments which fade into oblivion all too quickly in this case, the thread was dead — and really, what did Conner Habib have in common with Vladimir Putin? Not much, I suppose.
Conner Habib was tweeting about anthroposophy (more specifically, on setting up a study group). Habib is a porn star and ‘[h]e studies anthroposophy, a Western esoteric tradition, as much as he can, and has experienced a lot of truly weird shit from doing so.’ That’s a wonderful way to put it, I think. It’s also very funny, but I’ll come to that. Here’s a link to his presentation, wherein he mentions anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner (it’s not often you see Steiner and porn mentioned in the same sentence): http://www.connerhabib.com/about.html
I think this will make for a wonderful addition to Sune Nordwall’s lists of celebrities who support anthroposophy! And, I say this entirely without any irony, a much better and morally sound support than Vladimir Putin could ever provide. Sune Nordwall is tweeting about celebrities day in, day out (see his three accounts, I’m frankly too lazy to link to them for the billionth time). We’re all getting a little tired at the repetitiveness of this exercise. Conner Habib really is the celebrity Sune needs to spice up his endlessly boring lists.
Actually, somewhat later today, on my evening walk, I had something of an epiphany. It just struck me like a lightning bolt: what anthroposophy needs for its survival is fewer of the fanatical Sunes, and more of the porn stars. Well, more to the point, perhaps not porn stars, but a few more people who don’t live up to the absolutely worst of anthroposophical stereotypes and who are willing to step forward and self-consciously declare that anthroposophy contains some truly weird shit.
I mean this, too, entirely without irony.
I think anthroposophy needs to lose that air of moral perfection. It’s nothing but pretense anyway. It’s that elusive thing Sune tries breeding, but constantly fails at, because it doesn’t correspond to reality or to what human beings are like. Sune chooses his celebrities carefully. Yet he makes fatal mistakes — as he did last week with Putin. (Heck, even the ECSWE made the same mistake, which was even more awkward. Perhaps they’ve retracted that statement and video by now? — I haven’t checked. Quite an embarrassing lapse of judgement.)
Also, out walking, I realized why Sune never takes advantage of my own favourite anthroposophist, Jens Bjørneboe, as an argument for anthroposophy and waldorf education. Bjørneboe clearly supported it (waldorf), he was an anthroposophist, and he was a prominent person in Norwegian culture. So why doesn’t Sune use him? He’s the perfect candidate — except for the simple fact he didn’t lead a perfect life. He was an alcoholic, he was depressed, he committed suicide. And, perhaps this is the core issue, he was once went to court and was sentenced for having written a pornographic novel. (Which, apparently, during the old days — I think it was the 60s — used to be a crime in Norway.) You see, some people don’t fit the picture.
But, oh Dog, I’m still laughing at Conner Habib having ‘experienced a lot of truly weird shit’ from studying anthroposophy. Why is that so funny? I don’t even know. It just is. I genuinely think it is funny. ‘Truly weird shit’. I don’t mean it as in I’m laughing because I think it’s stupid or anything — I don’t. It may not be a very profound statement, but it’s a whole lot more honest and real than anything Superficial-Sune could ever come up with.