Thursday, October 09, 2008

On Mr Neale Donald Walsch

Mr Walsch is the author of the "Conversations with God" book series. Many of my relatives find his books enlightening and full of insights about human nature.

I find it strange and inexplicable that such blatant charlatans are eulogized by otherwise sensible people because they offer soothing explanations and feel-good prescriptions for living a moral life.

In his "Conversations with God" series, Mr Walsch purportedly listens to God talking about various subjects. And it is not metaphorical or a literary device, Mr Walsch claims that he genuinely listens to God speaking in plain English.

On his website, he offers the subscription of a mailing list, and offers to join him in various expensive "retreats".

A suitable example is here. Complete with offers of staggered payment plans and whatnot, ...

Admittedly, he is no more of a charlatan than, say, Deepak Chopra or Yogi Bhajan, but the sheer blatant-ness of his marketing left me gasping.


S. M. Rana said...

Are they worth the trouble of debunking.....those childish enough to follow such trivialists probably have no capacity for more.....I really don't know,,,,,

Sixer said...

I find it amazingly interesting that people are worried about others trying to better themselves. It is irrevelant wether or not he actually spoke to God. What should concern us all, is wether or not the readers are living a better life.

If we dismiss everyone who has ever claimed to speak to God, then we would probably have a severely detremental society; even more then the one we currently enjoy. However, if you truly must disavow any philosophy by people who believe they have communicated with God; make sure you toss out all your Holy Bibles and Qurans and what ever else you might have from any form of "religion".

Otherwise one stands to be considered a hipocrite. Long live love and prosperity, no matter ones belief.

Harmanjit Singh said...

> "Long live love and prosperity, no matter ones belief."

Hi Sixer,

Isn't it important to debunk quackery and b.s. which tries to cure as important a disease as human psychological suffering?

Beliefs may be part of the disease, don't you think? Because after all, they provide an illusion of a cure.