Date: July 29, 2008 02:22AM
More magical thinking. The problem with all this stuff is that it treads so complex a path, weaving in and out of the truth, sidestepping the more difficult of human problems, dipping in here and there to the older wisdom cultures, but mixing a deadly brew of partial truths, shaded distortions, perfectly good material, and perfectly awful inclusions. For the most part, these are not educated people. They are "charismatics" -- able to convince people that their weird concoctions are indeed in the tradition of older, respected paths. What differentiates a cult from a religion, if you could actually make the differentiation, is that religions have had the rough edges worn off over time by hard reality, vigorous criticism, and interactions in the real world. (You'd think more Muslims would be questioning the more idiotic of their beliefs at this point, wouldn't you? Most religions are still cultic, in my book.) No, the cults trade in partial truths and it takes a stone-cold sober mind to sort the wheat from the chaff.
"The most dangerous lie is that which most closely resembles the Truth" ----Jan Groenveld