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Generally, messages selling the route to self-fulfillment should always be scrutinized. Often, they are about nothing more than fulfillment of the author and publisher’s bank accounts, which, so long as they’re not detrimental to the adherents, can be set aside in the Buyer Beware category and looked at as a bit sad but benign.
But what if the core message is a malignant one, lurking beneath the smiley platitudes? What if it’s a message which encourages selfish and inconsiderate behavior, self-indugence as piety, consumption as cure, vacuous shortcuts to depth, superficial navel-gazing over honest, often painful introspection? Then, would you not think the message being espoused is a potentially dangerous thing?