Words, ideas. A web of... well webs. What strikes the motivation for this post is an email that I received today. One of those email reminders from a self-help guru that I signed up on the mailing list because there was some new thought program that the "guru" assured would bring solutions to my problems. Yes, that sentence is loaded.
I am grateful for my "self-help" consumption phase. I believe that it led me to the esoteric path. But, self-help programs/gurus are still rooted in consumerism.
And to be honest, it seems pretty outlandish to me now.
The email paraphrased is this:
"Everyone now is an idea/though coach charging money to give live and online seminars"
"What you should really do to expand the domain of your knowledgebase is write a book"
"I have an effective program for writing books based on just 3 principles"
I mean really? This stuff is three words of wisdom wrapped in 300 layers of prose to produce temporary surges of dopamine so you come back for more.
If you are paying for something you think you need, then you probably don't need it. The money is truly an empty form of transaction. This produces an imaginary illusion of "value".
What is of value is, the question why?
Why do you pursue this rabbit hole of positive thinking and monthly subscriptions with gurus in white robes and microphones yelling at you?
If you missed it, there is a question mark at the end of that sentence.
The Individual Is Paramount
As Within So Without