First, let me say I appreciate the effort you put into this comment. It's thoughtful, well-written, and devoid of the usual venom I (and other NewAge researchers) receive when we open up this subject.
For that, I thank you.
This can be a lonely, and depressing job, with little up-side, except to meet those who also understand the subject matter - which, I might add, can also sometimes be depressing as well, making me even more lonely. It's people like you I, honestly, want to engage with.
"Whatever similarities Kratz may discover or invent, New Age at the very least differs from National-Socialism in the one respect which explains Auschwitz: it rejects violence."
I was reading your comment - and even questioning myself - until it claimed NewAgers are "gentle souls" who "reject violence."
Yes, my friend, that snapped me awake because not only do I recognize it as a lie but as naive beyond (what have become) my wildest dreams.
There are certain points I've made throughout the blog that I think bear repeating. I am writing TMR, in it's current fashion, because:
1) I was married to a NewAger who, along with her friends, lied to me about the nature of their beliefs for 20 years - before, on my own, I eventually caught on - but they would have kept doing so, otherwise, which, as Prince said, "means 'forever' and that's a mighty long time."
2) My ex-wife, and another believer, killed her mother.
3) They've since gone on to kill two more people (that I know about: let's not forget they didn't report it when the first one died,...).
4) Numerous NewAgers have told me in private (as they assumed I was, still, a Kool-Aid drinking naive black Leftist, down with the cause) they wanted to start (in their words) "a Civil War" in this country - and there's nothing "non-violent" about that - or what occurred in numbers 2 and 3.
5) Rather than the NewAge "movement" being a few crackpots, these are now famous people who have weaseled their way into the larger culture, leaving those who are being strictly logical - against a foe working from a "metaphysical" framework - missing the operation in action, and even defending them as "harmless," while wondering why everything appears to be going to Hell and we see the people who make the least sense (or who we can spot outright lying) steadily gaining real power.
As my ex-wife told me, at the top of her lungs, in one of her last screeds to me:
"We're in the hospitals - we're getting legit - you'd better 'get it' before it's too late!"
Skeptic, there's nothing "non-violent" about that statement, either.
I don't blame you, or anyone else, for missing this. I did as well. We're logical, and hopefully, peace-loving people.
But NewAgers are not - they're people who "believe what they want to believe" - or, as Oprah Winfrey says, who "make your own truth," and thus (in their minds) can "spin" the ugliest of realities into gold, just as Hitler's sick mind could turn the attempted annihilation of the Jews into some kind of "good" for the german people.
Haven't you heard Oprah, and other NewAgers, talking of shedding "energy vampires" - meaning those who don't go along with the NewAge agenda once it's been accepted?
It's kind of easy to mistreat "vampires" isn't it?
Especially if they're loved ones - who are, both, oblivious and the first folks close at hand - and whose only true transgression is being, somehow, stuck with a person they care about who insists they must be forced into, innocently and repeatedly, attempting to suck the air out of (what appear to be) numerous non-sensical arguments?
Why, one can do a lot of damage to a loved one - who is constantly off-balance - like that, can't they?
Especially if the believer is assisted by a network of others in the process - along with, for instance, free speech advocates, like you, who are insisting NewAgers are peaceful and harmless as they continue to abuse someone, naturally, growing increasingly angry from that abuse - right?
Why, with that kind of cover they could probably get away with murder, couldn't they? But a NewAger would never do that, would they?
Sure, tell that to my ex-wife and her quack doctor, who - as I was crying, in severe emotional pain, and begging for some semblance of understanding and connection to reality as they tore my world apart - certainly weren't espousing "soft feminine values" when I last heard their laughter.
And believe me - they're, both, NewAgers - through and through.
One of the things you seem to miss, or have schizophrenically "moved on" from, is the very-real harm this attempt to change our values does to those the NewAgers are working on.
In the 70s, numerous lawsuits were brought against these groups for messing with people's heads, but that doesn't ever stop them.
They ignore the values of those who aren't asking for their help - who point out it's NewAgers who are dissatisfied and determined, by hook or by crook, to change our world - whether we like it or not, as San Francisco's NewAge Mayor, Gavin Newsom, said.
They appoint themselves as the Euphemistic PC Language Enforcement Police (as you just did over RJN's concentration camp joke) while allowing countless ethical lapses - actual actions by those "in the fold" - to be brushed away.
Thus we get the spectacle of Don Imus hung out to dry, for his "nappy headed" comment about a group of women, while Bill Clinton's been winking his way out of using the most powerful office in the land to have sex with, smear as crazy, and discard a young woman, right before the eyes of the entire country and world - and then go on to places like Davos to decide what should be done with the rest of us.
Actions his NewAge wife brushed aside - because there are "worse things" - as she was plotting her next step to power.
I guess, in order for the magnitude of his actions to have mattered (his lies did also cause a Constitutional crisis) he should have killed Monica as well.
But in this environment, I've no doubt, he may have gotten away with that - and he also might have received Hillary's help, too.
Now, I can imagine you saying, "That's outrageous!" But is it really? Consider this:
I'm a black foster child - now grown - probably one of the best examples of the "Native Son" concept you're going to find in 2009.
And what have I been unleashed into?
A world where supposedly sane adults can't determine the nature of water (Is it medicine? Does it have a memory?)
...while also belaboring my government - basically my parent - for supposedly hiding information on U.F.O.s..
They're even crowing because they've introduced quackery, like acupuncture, to Iraq war vets.
And, as they're wasting our time and countless dollars on such nonsense, and a whole lot more, the rest of you have been cowed into (and/or are now spookily determined) not to taking a stand.
To not grabbing ahold of the American values my "parent" raised me with and saying "Enough!" You've been convinced to have no interest in passing judgement on them to spare me - why not?
You fight for their right to spout Nazi craziness because they talk nice and they insist they're the ones with my best interests at heart - even when I'm saying otherwise!
And am I better off because of them? No. Things are just more convoluted and confused. Nobody, from where I sit, knows anything "for sure." So I ask you:
Who's the racists and Nazis now?
Really, the ultimate question for me is, what's happened to us? What's happened to make so many Americans determined that common sense, and truth, are out of style?
To not be able to say, "Fuck that - I am passing judgement - and I'm determined to discover the true parameters of what can be known - forget the wishes and unicorns and "possibilities" - what is really true? Right here, right now?
And who's pulling my leg? And why? And what are they costing us? And who should even be going to prison?
You say it's not Nazis, just the idiots with a European, pre-Christian ideology that Hitler shared.
Well, that kind of talk sounds a lot like when I hear newscasters say Obama "isn't ideological": what I hear is the man is a proven liar and nobody wants to call him on it because that's not PC.
Whatever the truth is, on either topic, the result is the same:
You're leaving American citizens, like me, blowing in the wind because - whether I'm right or wrong - you've lost the guts to be "devisive" and determine the truth of the matter.
You know it: you've lost The Macho Response.