I ran across that announcement on a blog post or Facebook post not too long ago. I can't remember where, but if it was 'you' reading this, please don't be offended by this post.
I thought, "Really?" Who are you? Why would anyone be interested in what you have to say? (That question can be put to any of us with a blog.) Granted, some people are experts in their field and their advice columns are part of their job, so to speak, but that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about those 'other' people looking for success and stardom through self-promotion.
I think 'experts' online, gurus, advice columnists, apologists on the parish-speaker circuit, may have a lot in common with locutionists and mystics. I say this by way of introduction to an interesting article I happened upon today when I got online... 'confessions of a self help guru'.
Actually, the article is titled, I was a self help guru. Here's why you shouldn't listen to people like me.
It's a good read and may be helpful for people online who depend upon strangers for advice and direction. It may be even more helpful for those who think they can direct and guide people with their advice based upon some sort of conversion experience or mystical insight, even though they need just as much help and direction as those they wish to counsel. Some people online even want to tell others how to think and what to think - and they want to get paid for doing so.
The self-help circuit is basically a business, as is the apologetics circuit. It's a business. Fundraising is a business. There is training for people who want to do that. There are professional spiritual directors who charge - just like a psychiatrist or a doctor. They have a degree - so they need to make a living. Nothing wrong with that ... I suppose.
I knew of a layman who was a professional spiritual director who wanted to help a woman under his direction in sexual matters. It turns out he needed more help than she did - after the lawsuit.
Just thinking out loud here.
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. - Flannery O'Connor
This young apologist once had anger issues
and now does speaking engagements on
the sanctifying effects of righteous anger.