Ohne Garantien: Memories of Dr. Christopher S. Hyatt

Ohne Garantien: Memories of Dr. Christopher S. Hyatt
by Mobius Frame on 2008-03-03 07:56:16
tags: dr christopher s hyatt, hyatt, new falcon

I enjoyed and valued Dr. Christopher S. Hyatt, Alan. He was my friend, and mentor; at once deeply complex, and abruptly simple. His contributions to philosophical thought, while drawing from diverse sources, are filtered through his own life experiences, and thus, entirely unique. Throughout life’s struggles and triumphs, he maintained a positive self evaluation. Nobody likes a whiny, self hating wretch, and Herr Doctor was especially repulsed by such. I asked him once about regrets, and he replied “I only allow myself to feel regret one day each year.” The key concepts that he taught me include: unassailable positive self regard, walking through walls, keeping things separate, build yourself into a work of art, power is beauty, strength is elegance, and enjoy the good things in life, the Mahasatipatthana Sutra.

Unassailable positive self regard is the kind of narcissism that allowed us to learn to tie our shoes, that drives us to win, to create. This is not a lack of respect for others, but rather a realization, in a similar vein to Rand, that to be of highest value to one’s tribe, one must first value one’s self, one’s life, above anything else. Regardless of what any other monkey thinks of me, it is my duty to value me. In so valuing myself, I come to a place of inner stillness, calmness, peace, and acceptance.

Walking through walls and keeping things separate are similar, but different concepts. Walking through walls deals with moving through one’s own self imposed barriers, and moving through the barrier imposed on us by others. For example, I may start my day with some coffee and a read through the Luciferian Society posts, then go on to work on a research project, and classes. By afternoon I’m cooking pancakes at the church dinner. Later that evening I stop off at a friend’s house for some refreshment and video games. Then hang out with the family, and finish off the day with a ritual invocation and zazen. The important concept is that I can effectively interact with a range of social and authoritative classes and castes to achieve my goals, without the hindrance of preformed concepts and stereotypes from myself or others. Synergistically, I must keep things separate. A fight with a significant other, ten minutes before an important business meeting will not alter my performance. One is separated from the other by will, so that I may accomplish my goals and not be hindered by the whims of others. Also, this includes the concept of keeping different classes of friends and acquaintances separate. I would not think of bringing my friend who works as a carpenter and never earned a high school diploma to happy hour with my business colleagues. Such would be social suicide.

Herr Doctor once said “to the ancient Greeks, beauty was power. To me, power is beauty.” When I first met Herr Doctor, I was into Hinduism and asking him about various deities and demons, he said “Power is your only God.” He also had a distinct taste for the elegant and valued overcoming limitations, physical and mental. My favorite Dr. Hyatt quote in this area is “people who try to escape legitimate feelings and honest pain are doomed to suffer.” On the other hand, those who objectively evaluate themselves and take the necessary steps to achieve their goals live in a clean mind. He valued the strength in moving beyond one’s history and handicaps, and he was very firm about not deifying anyone or anything. He mentioned repeatedly that idealizing people and projecting one’s desires onto them is not love, it is stupid.

Herr Doctor liked to have fun. He worked hard and played hard, and encouraged this in his students. He encouraged us to secure high paying careers so that we can enjoy our play time. His goals of free time and space come to mind here, and truly, in western culture, the highest paying jobs tend to have ample free time and afford one ample free space for art, science, self development, and partying. He regularly encouraged me to exercise, enjoy art, beautiful bodies and minds. But, most often he encouraged me to play.

These represent only the tiniest portion of what I learned from Herr Doctor Hyatt. He is the most important philosopher of our time. I told him I thought this of him, and that I wanted to write a detailed biography of his life. Unfortunately, a majority of the life events that shaped him are lost to us. We have only his books, DVD’s, and interviews.

Exactly what he meant on page 52 of The Psychopath’s Bible… We will never know. Now will come the interpreters of his words. Now will come charlatans and scam artists claiming “Hyatt-ian” training and certification. There is no one to replace Herr Doctor, and no one qualified to carry on his work. If you want to work with Doctor Hyatt, the closest you can get is to buy one of his books. Also, learn to ask the right questions. Instead of “why am I here?” try “what do I wish to do?”

I’ll conclude with a beginning. Herr Doctor often expressed the importance of cultivating an objective observer. Even better if you are able to objectively observe yourself, what you are doing, from a place of positive self regard. However, at a minimum, the goal is to cultivate the art and skill of objective, non-critical, non-idealized silent attention. There is a hand touching. There is a feeling of excitement. There is a memory.

Mobius Frame, is an author and illustrator in New Falcon's Black Book series, founder of the Luciferian Society, and close personal friend to Dr. Christopher S. Hyatt.

Comments

“Unassailable positive self regard is the kind of narcissism that allowed us to learn to tie our shoes, that drives us to win, to create. This is not a lack of respect for others, but rather a realization, in a similar vein to Rand, that to be of highest value to one’s tribe, one must first value one’s self, one’s life, above anything else.”

the above is a key point: rising above the culture of self-abrogation is the foundational operating procedure of the Third-Wave meme…

by bret on 2008-03-03 16:01:44

His books and techniques have improved the quality of my life and for this I am grateful to the late Dr. Hyatt. R.I.P.

by Tahuti on 2008-03-04 07:12:30

Dr. Hyatt has always been one those writers that, if taken at face value, you throw his books away in the trash… and I believe that was his intention. There is a layered depth in his works that is only uncovered by persistence and determination, leaving the armchair theorist by the wayside. That, alone, is deserving of admiration.

by szul on 2008-03-04 13:46:44

Dr Hyatt’s work has helped to improve the quality of my life. I’ve always gone back to his work and Im sure I always will. Thank-you

by kevbowe on 2008-03-08 06:19:20

Dr.Hyatt helped me to find my way back home. His books and dvds simply changed my life for better. Is there anything else that matters? Thank you, Doc.

by nuinda on 2008-03-16 19:24:35

I dont know what to say. He was a remarkable man. How can mere words pay him tribute?

by Neels on 2008-04-05 00:13:22