People in the new age, self development, self actualisation world, love to put people up on pedestals. Love to put guru’s up on pedestals. I don’t. People such as Chopra, Wayne Dyer etc, to me, are fallible, imperfect men and I question their thinking and I do not agree with some of it.
It is interesting, watching all these ‘intelligent’ people idolise these guru’s. They can do and say no wrong. That is not intelligent thinking at all. But, people are deluded into believing it is.
I don’t doubt Dyer had a heart to help people. I think he had a level of introspection. But, some of his thinking is very dubious/irrational and I question it and don’t agree with all he believed. And that is far more balanced, rational thinking, than just believing all he stated/wrote.
People seem to love guru worship, and celebrity worship. And I know this, because I have recognised and accepted I used to do this too. I see my own distorted thinking in the past and the reasons for it. I have the honesty and insight, to self reflect and be wrong. And change how I think. I have that capacity for humility.
To place this level of worshipping on a fallible, imperfect man, is dangerous and distorted thinking. And I see many of the cognitive distortions guru’s like to project and people believe them.
But, for 99% of people already engaged in this level of guru worship, they won’t want to hear this. Or won’t at least until they can develop the emotional maturity to actually question their thinking, question the reasons why they have distorted thinking. Some will achieve this, many won’t. I’m a realist.