A Word About the Tone on This Blog
To Everyone Posting here,
Of late, it can’t have escaped people’s notice that one or two posters are creating a great deal of tension and animosity where there really shouldn’t be any.
This blog was originally set up with the goal of providing alternative viewpoints about Art of Living to those which the organization itself presents to the world, to allow individuals to freely discuss any issues, reservations, doubts and anything else they feel they wish to contribute to any given discussion.
Although we encourage people to contribute here openly and freely, to express themselves in whatever manner they see fit, some individuals are becoming unnecessarily provocative and downright vindictive.
It has NEVER been the intention of this blog to create any us versus them dynamic, or to encourage any sort of pro- versus anti-AoL division. If there’s one thing the majority of people contributing on this blog will agree to, it is that they have got at least some good from their time in the organization and that AoL is doing at least some good in the world. I really don’t want this turning into a forum where people who have certain issues with AoL are trying to portray it as a purely evil organization, and SSRS to be some kind of demon. Those of us who were involved with AoL know that this is anything but true. Yes, it does have its many faults, and yes there are many individuals in AoL who are anything but perfect, but that is no reason to just lash out at everything and everyone connected with AoL.
Which brings me to a final point I want to make. One of the recurring themes in this blog is that AoL brainwashes its devotees. This is something I happen to strongly believe, and we have already produced a lot of evidence which supports this claim. However, if someone is brainwashed, it means they have been manipulated into thinking and acting the way they are. Lashing out at these individuals and calling them “brainwashed zombies” really isn’t going to help them or anyone else. Please show some sympathy and compassion towards these people, and don’t try to create animosity towards them because of their beliefs. If you have a point to make, make it without having to resort to flaming or name-calling or any other form of aggression. These things will just weaken any argument you have to make.
I really don’t want to start moderating comments, so please just bear these things in mind in future.
Thanks for your understanding.