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Author Topic: The term 'New Age' and criticism  (Read 16809 times)
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« Reply #8: January 24, 2009, 11:14:00 am »


I typically use the term (and this is in a broader context than in Pagan discussions) when someone's doing something flakey but harmless. Hanging random crystals around the house, burning random incense, seeing the random palm reader next to the pawn shop and cash-n-go -- the key word here being "random." It's not part of a coherent belief system, it's typically not pursued very seriously, just with a sort-of vague belief that these things might help something somehow someday. But it's not hurting anyone, they're not off the deep end, and at worst they're slightly out of touch with reality in a charming way. (I like my masseuses to be a little New Agey. I somehow feel cheated if there aren't crystals and Tibetan prayer flags and music with lots of chimes and dolphins on the wall.)

I generally think it's silly and often eye-roll-worthy, but it's in no way dangerous or harmful. Just silly.

Around here, if I said, "Have you been to the new store? It'd kind-of New Agey, but I think you'll like it," everyone would know what I meant. Or if I said, "Do you know Stephanie? She's sort-of New Agey, but I promise she won't try to read your palm." Or whatever. It's usually used as a descriptor for someone or something that's going to be a little flakey, and you may have to suppress your snark so as not to hurt someone's feelings. We put great stock in practicality around here, so warning something is impractical is fair warning so everyone knows to have fun and not spend a lot of effort being frustrated with its impracticality.
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