John Freestone overcame severe childhood priviledges to emerge one of the world's lesser-known also-rans. From an early age he applied his inconsiderable linguistic talent to the art of waffling smugly about nothing, although he didn't pursue a career in politics. He survived the rigours of a loving family and private education to embark irresolutely on a science degree at Oxford, where he busied himself with the task of getting as high as possible. By the second year, he realised he could no longer go on frittering money away on education and rent, dropped out and spent the next few years living in other people's houses, claiming to be the reincarnation of Bob Dylan, despite rumours that Bob wasn't dead.
John developed his musical abilities unsteadfastly ever since he left the Dogmatic Reductionist Strait-jacket of Meritocracy (after the drummer called him an "effete ponce"). He went on to become one of the best-known members of a rock band, almost instantly recognised by the others. He made a successful foray into stand-up, on one occasion standing up for over ten minutes. He was offered, but declined, Chairmanship of the Apathy Society.
John held down several demanding jobs over the course of his career, mostly involving moving things about or occasionally pressing a button, but his ponderous rise to insignificance has not been without its challenges. In 1990 he was forced to consult a therapist to address his personal problems, in particular, how to avoid the poverty, boredom and self-loathing that came with a life of extreme indolence. He needed a new direction, a good job, one that involved making a shed-load of money without having to get off his backside. After several sessions, he realised that the answer was giving him eye-contact in the face: he decided to become a therapist. He continues very successfully to think about becoming a therapist to this day.
John has had an interest in Buddhism ever since he learned that "Zazen" means "sitting doing nothing for extended periods". He has made considerable progress in his meditation, gaining many insights into the nature of Reality, Emptiness, and Pastry. He currently lives in a shed on his neighbour's land, and will accept Devotional Gifts.
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psychology - health
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The Munchhausen Trilemma
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