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Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Them cowboys just don't understand the Law Of Attraction

I'm on the run again today (The Day After Cosmic Connie Day), but I did want to note a bit of news from the entertainment world. Legendary country star Garth Brooks will be playing in Los Angeles tomorrow to raise money to help the "victims" of the 2007 San Diego wildfires. He's all over the news today, talking about how devastating the fires were and how he wants to help the victims and the firefighters and other first responders.

While that may seem like a noble undertaking on the surface, what Garth doesn't realize is that he is just perpetuating the whole victimology mindset. I guess he didn't get the memo that these people weren't victims. They attracted the fires. Or, at the very least, they failed to not attract them.

I guess you can't expect a simple cowboy to understand these things.

More later...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMAO! Leave it to Cosmic Connie, Miss Snarky Pants ;) I may not agree with everything (or sometimes anything) you post, but you do make me laugh!

I love Garth Brooks...such a generous guy and always went all out for the fans. Nothing wrong with sending money, but I always like to see the big names get more involved than just "here's a check, good luck"

Friday, January 25, 2008 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous HoHaHe said...

You know what, Cosmic Connie, there is a grain of truth behind the secretions of the secretrons. It is possible to see the world as oneself, and therefore cease to be separated from the cause of whatever happens. However, there is nothing in that kind of awareness, as far as I know, which gives rise to any sense of lack. It's only the truth when it is known directly in the moment, and it can't be known directly when it is obscured by prayers for wealth- then responsibility for one's world just becomes a theory and not living reality. It then doesn't even seem like a responsibility, more of an unburdening.
It is true that visualising may lead to manifesting, but only in the sense that visualising a new shelf will manifest when you whack some nails in wood and do the job as you planned it. So they're all full of bilge.
Urgh, how serious, I much prefer taking the piss.

Friday, January 25, 2008 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thanks, Nora. And I hope that everyone who read this post realized I was being sarcastic. I say, good for Garth for doing *something* for the people who suffered losses from the devastating fires last fall.

Friday, January 25, 2008 5:48:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

HHH, it's perfectly okay to be serious here once in a while. Thanks for your thoughts.

Friday, January 25, 2008 5:50:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Sashen said...

Worse than attracting the fires, these San Diegans have now attracted Garth Brooks!

Saturday, January 26, 2008 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it was our TV, but Garth sounded horrible. Or maybe he always does? Steven?

Saturday, January 26, 2008 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Steven and Lana, I've never really been a fan of Garth, though I've liked some of his songs. I liked "The Dance" and "If Tomorrow Never Comes," for example.

I *didn't* like the fact that a few years ago he was one of those musicians who railed against the sale of used CDs (not Napster or file sharing, but the legitimate sale of used CDs) because the artists weren't getting royalties from those resales.

Still, if he does indeed give all the proceeds from his concerts to the victims and first responders, at least he's doing something marginally more constructive and practical than polarizing people with hand-waving and dismissive Law Of Attraction platitudes.

Saturday, January 26, 2008 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it's great that he's doing something constructive. :-)

You know what I think about all those magicians...

Saturday, January 26, 2008 1:00:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Yes, Lana, I feel pretty much the same way you do.

Saturday, January 26, 2008 2:30:00 PM  
Blogger Mary Anne said...

Why is he doing a concert for rich people? Aren't there poor people for him to help? The area of San Diego hit by the fires is a very wealthy one. I work with someone who owns a home there and his insurance on it already came. It was his vacation home! I guess the Katrina victims have been over done for Garth.

Saturday, January 26, 2008 10:08:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

That is an affluent area, Mary Anne, but my understanding is that a significant part of the money is going to the firefighters and other first responders, who probably aren't so rich.

It's entirely possible that Garth simply needed a bit of visibility to boost his sagging career (even though he is officially retired). And you're right; Katrina was soooo 2005. But I have no doubt that Garth *was* affected by seeing the footage of the fires, as many of us were.

In general I too am pretty cynical when celebs get behind causes. However, after the debacle with certain Law Of Attraction gurus and their cavalier "let them eat cake" attitudes, I have to say that at the very worst, Garth's act of charity is the lesser of the two evils.

Sunday, January 27, 2008 1:20:00 AM  

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