Thursday, March 20, 2008

Why the Hype?

Over on Oprah's site forum, there's a discussion about her latest bookclub pick "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. There is a growing dissension taking place, between those who think Tolle is the greatest thing since sliced bread and fundamental Christians who are offended and attempting to save the souls of all the wayward posters. And then there are the few who are taking it all in stride.

I watch these conversations unfold on the forum. I see cult warning signs on both sides of the fence. Anytime you buy into a group of ideas without question and feel the need to defend those ideas from those with differing views, I think you're headed for a brain wash. May as well lather up with the Kool Aid and get ready for the other side.

Why is it not possible for people to just entertain an idea without the need to see it as a panacea for the world's ails? Is life here really so bad? The search for redemption, for a golden age goes back millennia. What makes people think they are so special as to have figured it all out in this lifetime?

I don't know. Just my rambling thoughts this morning.

tall penguin

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