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Re: “I am Annoyed and Disappointed

what i find important here, aside from the obviously questionable legality of CG's behavior, is the fact that CG managers and owners claim they encourage honesty and open expression - but this clearly only applies to people who are expressing themselves in a manner that they approve of. if exploration of your discomfort with their systems and honest critiques of what you see happening at your workplace are not only discouraged but grounds for dismissal, then not only is that environment the opposite of what they claim, it also shows a huge weakness in their philosophy. ANY belief system or philosophical approach to life that can't stand up to honest scrutiny and healthy skepticism is doomed to smallness and ultimately, irrelevance. in this case, i believe the smallness of landmark, and by extension CG, shows in the fact that their inner circle is limited to only those people who are a) financially well-off enough to spend hundreds of dollars on a self-improvement seminar, and b) have no conflicting beliefs/experiences that would get in the way of full, unquestioning adherence to their philosophy. which means people with a certain amount of privilege (class, skin, etc.) whose lives have been relatively blessed already, will make up the majority of their community.

if i may digress slightly from the point of this article to offer a critique of what i've experienced at their cafes... are people who experience class oppression, institutional racism, sexism, ableism, etc. etc. REALLY in control of their own experience as much as those with class, skin, etc. privilege? absolutely not, and to try and convince them that they are is insulting. the insistence that we all totally create our own experience is ignorant and privileged, and has caused me to hate going into this cafe. i get what they're trying to say - yes, to a certain extent we can create our experience by learning to choose how we react to the world around us. but that's only part of what makes our lives what they are; external forces create much of our experience for us, and some of us start with vastly kinder circumstances than others. and if their philosophy is actually more inclusive than I perceive - if they do take these things into account and incorporate them somehow - it certainly doesn't come across that way and they should be aware of that. one last thing: ugh, "sacred commerce"?! c'mon now - do you REALLY think there is anything about capitalism and the way it works in this world that can truly be called sacred? it is arguably the most destructive force humanity has yet conceived. when i saw that book on the table in the cafe i nearly scoffed aloud. it just all sounds so incredibly oblivious, all of it, that i feel alienated whenever i step foot in there - and i know i'm not the only one, not by a long shot.

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Posted by anonymous on 08/09/2009 at 11:18 AM

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