How tolerant must we be of New Age proselytizers?
Date: March 01, 2011 05:40AM
Hi everyone. I've been lurking here for a few years, and want to thank all the contributors, and Rick Ross, for providing a harbor of reason and (un)common sense in a world gone the way of Oprah-ism. Having been involved in the New Age scam and occultism for about ten years, and then gradually deprogramming over a period of 5 years, I've been free of the New Age delusions for about a decade now. Since that time, it's become pervasive, absolutely everywhere, and no matter where I turn, I cannot escape the deranged immorality and wacky bromides that are on the tip of everyone's tongue these days. It brings up a lot of anger and frustration, especially because the whole LOA blame-the-victim idiocy is so offensive, callous and injurious, yet SO many people subscribe to this ideology now (Thank you, Oprah). So what do you all do, in response? Recently I was ill and had a cancer scare, and a New Age acquaintance informed me that I must ask forgiveness for not only my own "past life" errors, but those of my parents, and even grandparents. New twist on "sins of the Father", eh? I've taken to cutting off contact with people like this, and sometimes I feel guilty for being "intolerant" (some of the brainwashing never really goes away, I suppose). But this crap just makes me seethe, and am trying to minimize my exposure to it as much as possible. Oh, and attempts to present a reasonable and MORAL point of view to these folks, no matter how gentle, don't work. They are convinced they are oh, so enlightened, and you are just a silly plebeian who isn't "ready" for this great spiritual wisdom. Insert eye roll here.
Thank you for providing this forum.