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Author Topic: The term 'New Age' and criticism  (Read 16732 times)
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« Reply #11: January 24, 2009, 02:58:05 pm »

Is 'new age'/'new agey' a derogatory term like 'fluffy'? If people use it derogatory, what is it they mean by it? What do they critizise about 'New Age' exactly?

It certainly can be used in a derogatory manner, but more often, I see it used as a dismissive term, rather than a derogatory one.  Describing some-one's beliefs or character as "new age/new agey" is often used a way to dismiss their ideas and beliefs as invalid.  Like any spiritual path, there are some very fluffy and sometimes destructive people within the new age movement.  Unfortunately, many people view the entire movement based on those individuals, just as pagans often get viewed through a narrow lens by the general public.

Personally, I use the term new age in a much more positive way because I think the movement helped to expose the general public to alternative beliefs and spiritual paths.  I also know some very intelligent, decidedly non-fluffy people who label their spirituality as "new age" and I'd no sooner dismiss or insult them than friends walking other religious paths. 
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