@acd, it’s interesting to interpret @Ruda’s article and Ideapod’s role in promoting it as at attempt to sell access to “the truth”. It’s also interesting to see you quote the scriptures, which is more directly an attempt provide the keys to some kind of mythical kingdom… You seem to be equating Out of the Box with religion… I see it very differently.
Out of the Box - a new online course in the self-improvement space - doesn’t provide the “keys to the kingdom” and the “truth” about reality, our universe, human beings or anything like this.
It’s a framework or methodology for with a set of lessons, tools and challenges that is designed to inspire people who want to create some kind of change in their lives. Tens of people have already taken Out of the Box and the feedback has been very positive. I don’t think any of these people would see @Ruda as their guru. They may find themselves inspired by his teachings, which is the category I put myself in. But I’m inspired by these teachings in the same way I’m inspired by a lot of what people like Alan Watts and Noam Chomsky share.
@BillAmes the statement “the truth is” should be seen as a rhetorical device to persuade someone with the proposition being advanced in the article. Ideapod publishes opinion-driven perspectives (backed up with arguments, examples, research where appropriate). Ideapod is simply a platform for publishing various perspectives. If the perspectives are well-written and backed up with argument, we’ll publish it. So in this sense, “Justin would not promote anyone here on Ideapod that did not speak the truth” is indeed quite a ridiculous statement (though I’m sure you mean well when you say this).