i just read some of the messages at the Guruphiliac Blog; man alive, what a bunch of hoowey - don't people have better things to do with their time than spend it at these crazy workshops, like perhaps they could go out and help old people do their grocery shopping...there are tons of ways to do good other than giving your personal possessions to complete strangers, etc. ...sheeeesh.....
heaven sakes people, GET A GRIP!
Uh, Shadow, you are utterly downplaying the immense power of LGATs, AND blaming the victim. Perhaps you'd do well to "get a grip" yourself.
i can see why you would perceive my admonition as "blaming the victims"- i agree, in and of itself it does sound like that; it was late last night that i wrote that and i did not want to get into a huge diatribe. I absolutely DO NOT downplay the immense power of LGATs, so i disagree with you statement that i am "utterly downplaying" their power.
First of all, when one looks as a person as a "victim" one immediately puts them in a place where they lack power. So to continue to refer to people as victims perpetuates their victimization.
Last year I had someone very close to me who got involved with Landmark/EST and I spent a lot of time on the rickross message boards and i learnt a lot and i recieved a lot of emotional support, so i am sorry that i have given you the impression that i support or legitimize LGATs, because i absolutely DO NOT.
However, I think at some point we ALL have to take responsibility for ourselves, and that was the purpose of my comment. I would like people to seek out areas where they get satisfaction and self-fullfillment BEFORE they get sucked into this giant LGAT vortex. I do believe that we have evolved into a society of people who want thing RIGHT NOW, we have no patience, and we are unable to tolerate pain. We want it all and we think we are entitled to it all. I do not support that belief, but that is a whole different topic.
I read the messages on the Guruphialiac Blog and they seemed like a lot of disgruntled ramblings, but maybe it was just because it was late at night and i was tired, they did not make a lot of sense to me and I would not go back to that Blog and I would not post my own message on that Blog.
Your point is well taken, and I hope that i have been able to correct the perception you drew from my previous message.
p.s. Apropo to nothing in particular, here is a quote that i heard some time ago, i don't remember who said it but i quite like it: "Corporate Greed is the bleeding heart of America"