No sir, Mr. Quinn, KIR is not "spiritually dead." On the contrary, it is your outpatient ashram here which merits that description. A collection of assorted persons united primarily by the presence of one or more diagnosable personality disorders does not constitute "spiritual life." Rather, it constitutes a group of people who would perhaps benefit from the tender mercies of Nurse Ratchet, or at least a few years of less intensive treatment, perhaps with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation rather than Transcendental Quinnological Masturbation.
At KIR, "spirituality" is defined not only in terms of the traditional Buddhist-Daoist-Zen teachings and other well-established and properly interpreted paths in the field of transformative psychology, it is also defined primarily in other terms which the spiritually-diseased, twisted, and malignant culture of the pathologically narcissistic "Genius Forum" abhors. Namely, those terms are compassion, kindness, love, and genuine human feeling, as taught by all authentic traditions which seek to actually relive the suffering to which we all find ourselves bound, rather than endlessly discussing meaningless and solely ego-serving intellectualizations long-since thoroughly established as meaningless and solely ego-serving by the very same Buddhist-Daoist-Zen traditions this forum fraudulently and tragically misrepresents. We all suffer, and therefore we are all bound together in the field of compassion, save perhaps those of us so thoroughly self-deluded as to have renounced the core of our humanity (and therefore the core of our suffering) due to the inherently sociopathic and intensely narcissistic force of pathological "complete enlightenment" fantasies which suggest a need for clinical treatment.
But then, what is the motivation to engage in the difficult path of clinical treatment for one's delusions of grandeur when then Internet, in its many glories, offers the refuge of a GENIUS FORUM where such afflicted persons can not only indulge their pathologies to their hearts' content, but be lionized for doing so, cultivating a comico-tragic and Quixotic self-image as a "dangerous thinker" in possession of Great Lofty Truths with which, decade after decade, they hope to set the world on fire? Surely, for the mentally, behaviorally, and/or spiritually ill and desperate, this can be nothing other than a description of Paradise! Such complexities, mysteries, and challengingly trans-cognitive approaches to problems of the human condition which are integral to genuine spirituality, such as compassion, actual meditative practice, and ongoing cultivation with humility, are not on offer here in this narcissistic version of Heaven.
"Oh Looky! A=A! That's what consciousness is, and now I'm a Big Fucking Sage!" And the longer the years and decades drag on with little more than the feeblest puffs of smoke to show for their Herculean efforts, the more the heroic band of "dangerous thinkers" can retrench in their narcissistic fantasy worlds. Like all such pathologies, it is self-reinforcing. The Great Sages are perpetually ignored by a recalcitrant world, and this can only demonstrate their True Greatness. Little does it occur to them that A=A implies Fail=Fail. Such ideas are thoughtcrime, for the whole purpose of the entire belief structure is the constant maintenance of the narcissistic self-image. Should that all-important line of defense be compromised, the Lofty Sages would risk allowing a crack in their pretensions of Buddha-Nature to expose the underlying and psychologically intolerable Fail-Nature which makes the whole bizarre enterprise necessary to begin with.
Again, no, my dear Dr. Quinn, Maharishi Medicine Woman, it is not we at KIR who are "spiritually dead." Rather, it is you, sir, who are the most flagrantly putrid brain-eating spiritual zombie most of us have had the misfortune to encounter online. It is you who long ago committed spiritual suicide by pronouncing yourself "Fully Enlightened" when in fact you recklessly bastardized the very traditions from which that term is derived in order to bolster the blatantly egotistical delusion of Sagehood, and in the decades since, it is you who has done your damnedest to further support that comforting and aggrandizing self-image by devouring the brains (minds) of the psychologically troubled miscreants who have since been attracted to your lair like moths to a flame. And in this, at least, you have been marginally successful - Genius Forum has for many years been a rather active nest of spiritual zombies made in their creator's image - your image.
Although KIR has had to send an unfortunate number of your creations back to you due to irreparable damage, I'm happy to report that we have managed to provided an inviting, friendly, and very much spiritually living refuge for a few. There are some brains, Mr. Quinn, too resilient for your zombie fangs to tear apart. Those formerly-besieged brains are now under our care and either have been or will be rehabilitated from whatever lingering damage your fetid pit of slavering spiritual undeath has caused. Thanks to the presence of a vibrant, humanistic, and responsive community, which happens to include at least one legitimate practitioner of the real Buddhist-Daoist-Zen traditions, and whom also once famously gave you a beating in a semi-formal debate which you so cluelessly failed to recognize as a beating that you posted it on your own (comical) site, the migrants to KIR who can be helped to recover from Quinnitarianism will be helped - a prospect which I am sure you find deeply repellent. My god, they'll all be turned into women!
And that matter - the matter of your extreme misogyny - is how I will conclude this brief owning, being unwilling to take more time handing your your ass than the Krispy-Kreme-enlarged thing is worth. You call us "spiritually dead" when it is you, Swami Drydick, who maligns, abuses, denies, and in fact wishes even to literally exterminate the entire half of the human race to whom its perpetuation is primarily entrusted. Don't bother denying it, as everyone remembers "strangle female infants at birth" and all the rest, although few here would likely admit it, since they have at least the modicum of sense to keep such embarrassments hidden in the closet of the past. Is that what you consider "spiritual life," O Tathagata Ted Bundy? It should be noted that in making that joke, I'd have to apologize to Mr. Bundy, as he at least believed that women ought to be grown before strangling them to death.
No, the "spiritual life" here, if there can be said to be any, is nothing more than the aforementioned "pit of undeath" into which disturbed individuals fling themselves in a last desperate hope of salvaging what looks certain to be a failed life. The simple prescription you offer is re-framing pathology as spiritual illumination. "Genius Forum" is a place to which Mr. Bundy himself might have been drawn had the internet existed in his heyday - and it is a place which the rest of the world remains continually surprised and thankful has not yet been mentioned in the mass media as a source of inspiration for a modern-day-Bundy figure. That is the "spiritual life" you have here, David. If KIR is "spiritually dead" then I guess it's true - there really is an afterlife. As for you, sir, it is because I know full well that I am no saint that I consider it possible I'll see you in hell. But, with any luck, at least those benefiting from the guidance and friendship of the KIR community will not. Compassion, after all, thinks of others before self - the opposite of GENIUS self-aggrandizement.
I'll close on that magical word - friendship. It is one of many integral aspects of authentic spiritual life belittled and reviled here - but perhaps the one most tragically so. He who is without friends is without compassion, and he who is without compassion is without life - "spiritual" or otherwise. I leave you with a dirge, for it is only a funeral song that can express the tragedy of souls who have come together to commit spiritual suicide, much as your decorated hero Weininger committed the physical act, being unable to tolerate himself a moment longer at the tender age of 23. Bagpipes and black veils are the sights and sounds of your "spiritual life" here, and I leave you to them, preferring the life, warts and all, of a community based primarily on friendship.
I live in a tub.