Mitch Horowitz
1 min readMar 1, 2023

I resonate with these criticisms and certainly there is a lot of the activity you describe, some of which I consider here, e.g., https://mitch-horowitz-nyc.medium.com/if-knowledge-is-power-it-is-also-pain-1808959e381c. But I also think it's important to note that every thought movement has gradations of quality: higher and lower expressions of ideas and ethics. If the New Age is weighted toward the lower end, I wouldn't disclaim some of its better output. For many, ACIM is a meaningful path and I think that New Thought literature captured an important, if under-developed, metaphysics. Hence, I see myself as a critic-participant. Our culture often promulgates a "take it or leave it" approach to ideas and historical figures, as though all or nothing must be accepted. None of us are bound by that and I think there are different degrees of navigation. Best in your search, -M-

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Mitch Horowitz

"Treats esoteric ideas & movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness"-Washington Post | PEN Award-winning historian | Censored in China