Tuesday, February 01, 2011

James Ray ... in his own words (and deeds).

This morning James Arthur Ray tweeted this:

"Poor isn't just about money or education, but about a state of mind." - Harmonic Wealth pg 180.
To which I deemed it only fitting to reply:
"A person commits manslaughter by recklessly causing the death of another person." Arizona Penal Code, Section 13-1103.
One is also amused by Ray's proclivity for invoking none other than himself in his quest to impart superior wisdom to his (diminished but still enviable and, one must say, rather shocking) following. But as appeared to be the case with Kristina Bivins and those others who still admitted (on camera!) to varying degrees of faith in Ray even after Sedona, I guess there's a natural audience for just about everything in this great, caveat emptor land of ours.

3 comments:

roger o'keefe said...

Well put, Steve.

Kathryn Price said...

Steve,
In response to Ray's observation: "Poor isn't just about money or education, but about a state of mind." - I'd like to add: but whose state of mind? Maybe the state of mind of a dictator in a small country with a U.S. supported military and a greedy elite whose need for more wealth just keeps rising?--but I'm getting ahead of myself. I mean, what does that really have to do with narratives of victimization and empowerment?

My problem, Steve, is that I haven't admitted that I am god. I'm still here on the dull plain of thinking that while my thoughts are pretty decent, and even good sometimes, and that they even help me get along in a way, they simply don't control everything that happens. What a victim I must be. This might be shocking, but I actually like the thought that there are other powers in the world besides myself. I'm not sure what that says about me, and we'd best not go there...

Yes, well said, Steve.

Steve Salerno said...

Good to "see you again," Kathryn. And your comment is itself nicely put, as ever.

So often nowadays as I survey the broad landscape of (so-called) self-help, I am mindful of Sgt. Esterhaus' canny admonition to the rank-and-file on Hill Street Blues: "Let's be careful out there."

It's easy to appreciate such sentiments when folks are shooting at you...but in cases where people abuse you in the name of doing you good--that takes a special kind of discernment.