Did some digging, was surprised/interested by what I found. Just thought I’d put it out there for anyone else who’s interested.
-Went to Colorado School of Mines, mineral engineering =
-Went there to be a part of oil business
-Got degree in geophysics
-Went to Sumatra (Big Western Indonesian Island)
-Saw lot of rich Oklahoma people doing drugs
-And more people hanging out at “transvestite clubs” –described as electric.
-Considered himself Objectivist (Ayn Rand) in his 20s
-Saunders actually voted for Reagan first time
-He considered Reagan the Objectivist Candidate
-Then saw (poverty stricken) people suffering,
-This made Objectivism not add up, plus Rand wrote “bad prose” AND
-He considered Objectivism too close to Neoconservatism and became repulsed.
-Neoconservatism = “disenchantment with democratic domestic and foreign policy”
-Adherents for Neoconservatism became politically famous from 70s-2000s
-Peaked during Bush administration (gross)
-“Neocons” played major role promoting/planning 2003 invasion of Iraq
-Now Saunders is a student of Nyingma Buddhism (oldest version of Tibetan)
(re above: cannot decide if beauty of art outweighs scariness of eyes)
– Progressed from almost being a Neocon oil guy (AKA jerk in a suit) to chill Buddhist writer?
– All this = Cool story
+An online Encyclopedia Britannica because I didn’t know what “Neocon” was at all.