Re: Karmic consequences
May 26, 1997 09:05 AM
by Bart Lidofsky
K. Paul Johnson wrote:
> Of course, I don't know what those consequences are for
> individuals. I do think that Rajneesh, Prophet, the Bakkers,
> Hubbard, et al have a price to pay for their avarice, and would
> prefer not to find out that price through personal experience.
In avarice, an imbalance is created. In charging a fair fee for
services rendered, a balance is created. The difference between avarice
and a fair fee is intent.
> But the consequences for society are clearly evident. On one
> hand, the whole idea of esoteric wisdom is cheapened and made
> suspicious to most people because of the behavior of money-grubbing
> "teachers." On the other hand, the minority that pursues such
> things is left having to wade through a morass of
> commercially-oriented counterfeits in search of genuine
I have long promoted the various skeptics organizations as a means to
learn about critical thinking. Unfortunately, many people interested in
the esoteric do not realize the value of discriminaton.
> The problem is that *first* people talk about charging money "to
> meet expenses." But in fact, people *love* money.
How would you define "money"? Given your definition, how is it possible
to love money?
> their organization) the most. It's a slippery slope.
The "slippery slope" analogy is not a valid logical construct.
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