Another thought: It's always interesting to read the negative reviews of New Wage materials on Amazon. People who dare to be critical are judged harshly and ridiculed for being ego oriented. So much for love.
Connie L. Schmidt's post re the reactions to a negative review of The Power
sums it up really well:
Well, the responses to Steve Salerno's comment are going along predictable lines, with fans of "The Secret" ragging on Steve for being negative and unhappy, or accusing him of not reading or not understanding the book. Shades of a similar conversation here after "The Secret" came out.
Knowing what I do about Rhonda Byrne and her work, as well as the entire culture surrounding "The Secret" and the self-help industry that spawned it, it appears to me that Steve did read "The Power" -- and understood it pretty clearly. I haven't read it yet myself; I'll wait till it gets down to two or three bucks on Amazon Marketplace before I spring for it. That probably reflects a negative attitude towards money, but there you are.
Rhonda claims to be all about love and joy, and in that regard she is very much like some of the New-Wage gurus she featured in her previous projects. But the way she has treated some of those who were responsible for her success is anything BUT loving or joyful (Google "Rhonda Byrne lawsuits" if you don't know what I'm talking about) -- and this gives her something else in common with the aforementioned gurus.
Writing breezy copy that touches, however superficially, upon lofty principles is one thing. Actually living by lofty principles is apparently more difficult, particularly when $ucce$$ enters the picture. Some might say this is one of those cases where it might be wise to separate the message from the messenger. But it looks to me as if in this case the message is pretty shallow, rendering any attempt at separation moot.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/23/2010 02:02AM by sunshine.