Sunday, 22 May 2016

Swami Prakashanand Sarswati's Persecution and the Uncanny Valley

Note: After writing this, I came across other research discussing the connection between Prejudice & the Uncanny Valley from the University of Michigan (discussed here). There's an argument that dehumanization serves as a tool to desensitize people to persecution. My argument was that an extreme case of the uncanny valley makes people unable to properly process the persecution as they normally would, and therefore passively accept it, if not personally taking part in the persecution.



Racism against Swami Prakashanand Saraswati by Sherri Tibbe and Cathy Compton





The most striking aspect of the trial and persecution of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and subsequent attacks against the Indian American community by Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt), the Hays County Sheriff's Office and their sycophants is the uncanny nature of the verbiage. It, in fact, touches on the uncomfortable psychological phenomenon known as Uncanny Valley; in the sense that it's something sort of human-like but not quite.

Hays County District Attorney and Hays County Sheriff's Office have done more for the Hindu faith than anyone could have imagined. For one, they have created a wave of revival of the Hindu faith, in particular of the Jagadguru Shankaracharya tradition represented by Swami Prakashanand Sarswati.

They have popularized Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and his books in India and worldwide. No one in India takes Hays County District Attorney and Hays County Sheriff's Office seriously.

Next, Hays County District Attorney and Hays County Sheriff's Office have eternalized Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, as in "The Eternal Jew". They call the 90 year old Swami Prakashanand Saraswati a fugitive. (BTW Is Anne Frank still a fugitive?) In 10 years, he'll be called a 100 year old fugitive. In 900 years he will be a 900 year old fugitive. In 1000 years, Hays County will call him a 1000-year old fugitive.

There is a irreversible revival of Hinduism in the political and cultural landscape of India on the back of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati's persecution at the hands of Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt). That was not the intention of course. As Karen Jonson said, "Hays County is finishing what the British Empire never could".

The biggest blunder of Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt) and "Hays County's finest" was in the way they portrayed Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and other Hindu leaders as supernatural entitles. There have been plenty of cases, real or false, against members of the clergy of all religions. However, only Hays County and their sycophants abandoned all reason in their portrayal of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and other Hindu leaders as being regular people. They portrayed them as all-seeing and all-knowing beings who have the ability to rape millions of women from before and beyond the grave - the voices of the women only communicated to the world in the head of Karen Jonson. Omniscient, omnipresent, all-doing, vanishing God-like beings who can appear and disappear at will! What's next in the ever-changing narrative of the Hays County dystopia? One may have suspicion about the misbehavior of the clergy, but Hays County's narrative is a schizophrenic one that is incredulous to a rational mind and has sealed Hays County's fate as the laughing stock of India and all other civilized nations.

This supernatural portrayal of the oppressed is nothing new. Throughout the ages, people have perpetuated the myth of "The Eternal Jew", The portrayal of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati and other Hindu leaders by Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt) should be understood in this light.

Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe and Hays County Assistant District Attorney Cathy Compton (Cate Wahlstedt) and the Hays County Sheriff's Office never portrayed Swami Prakashanand Saraswati or other Hindus as real people. They portrayed them as all-seeing, all-knowing, all-cunning, all-deluding abstract beings who have the ability to appear, disappear and morph at will while committing acts of an extraordinary sinister and supernatural nature.


At the same time, there is an eery mix in the portrayal which combines elements of subhuman creatures (they called Hindus and Jews rodents) yet powerful, supernatural and "eternal" at the same time.

Such a portrayal would be hilarious if not so uncanny, dangerous and nutty.


In one of US Marshall Hector Gomez's bigoted rants, he called the Swami a "gopher". Yet, apparently a sophisticated gopher whose sole aim is to delude white Americans in a cosmic game of cat and mouse. Scary image, isn't it?

Urban Dictionary defines a gopher as:

"A low-ranking employee who is made to do the bidding of their superiors. So-called because they are often running around doing various small tasks."



The uncanny valley (depiction of almost-human, but not-quite), or the related concepts of vagueness and ambiguity, is the psychological reason why most people are uncomfortable, unsupportive or passive of Hays County's racist narrative. Learn more about the Uncanny Valley in this video called 'Why are things creepy?':




One of the co-conspirators, Kate Tonnessen, said that Swami Prakashanand Saraswati groped her in front of 30 or 40 people while concealing the act. Kate Tonnessen also alleged that Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is God.


Karen Jonson called Hindus "unnatural".

So we have established that Hays County (or Nazis), due to their fanaticism against non-whites (or Jews), may have inadvertently crossed over into uncanny valley territory. So wouldn't that cause more people to support them? No, and here's why: People feel uncomfortable about this strange narrative by Hays County and the grotesque peculiarity that is Karen Jonson and would prefer to think about something else.

They have to speak in fantastical uncanny language though because if they repeated the truth they wouldn't get any support either:

"Two 30 year old sisters and their best friend made false accusations against their families church after a failed blackmail attempt against the family. The accusations were that the families's pastor touched their t-shirt 15 years ago."

But as Karen Jonson would say, "If you can think it, you can pitch it".


Hunt with John Walsh Prakashanand Saraswati