Belief, Romanticism, & Guilt-Trips
This post is inspired by a link posted by witchyways: The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Level of Skepticism. It’s an excellent article, and I recommend everyone in pagan and new age circles read it. The writer mentions several things that she considers a tip-off that the person she’s dealing with isn’t all there or is trying to take advantage of her.
Here are a couple of things that I consider to be major tip-offs - romanticism and guilt-tripping.
Romanticism takes the form of statements like:
- “Things were so much better back when more people believed!”
- “True knowledge comes from within.”
- “We can’t fix the world with right-brained thinking; that’s what got us into this mess. We need to live from the heart.”
- “Believing in vampires and werewolves makes the world more exciting!”
- “Just because you can’t see or feel it doesn’t mean it’s not real.”
Guilt-tripping takes the form of statements like:
- “People like you are why the world is in such an awful state right now.”
- “It’s so awful how nobody believes in anything anymore.”
- “Jesus died for your sins. You’re not going to reject His love, are you?”
- “The world is in such terrible shape. If you really cared about it, you would join our movement.”
- “Believing in this makes so many people happy. How could you take away their happiness?”
Bottom line, don’t let anyone rope you in with romanticism or guilt-trip you into believing something. Use facts, logic, your own experiences, and don’t be afraid to be a skeptic.