Have you ever accused someone of “drinking the kool-aid“? We all know what it means, right? Someone is blinded and brainwashed, not able to see reality, not able to see things the way they really are, not able to come down to the level that ordinary people struggle with every day.
You know what? When we have these thoughts or make these accusations, I think we’re on the wrong side of the fence. I think we need to drink more kool-aid.
What is really behind the accusations? Fear. Fear that they might be right and even worse, we might be wrong. . .
It is much easier to criticize someone for believing than it is to actually believe something ourselves. It is much easier to observe and be the critic than to actually enter into the arena.
It feels good to be on the outside looking in. We won’t get hurt like those kool-aid drinkers.
Here is a challenge: taste the kool-aid.
In fact, take a big swig. You don’t have to stay there forever. You don’t have to sell your soul.
You can’t do it without getting over yourself, over your fear. It is the fear of connection, of vulnerability, and of being wrong.
What am I talking about? Who is being accused of drinking kool-aid?
Examples of People Drinking the Kool-aid
- People obsessed with a new book
- Fans of Downton Abbey
- People with deep Catholic devotions
- Followers of a dynamic leader
- Believers in a cause
- People who meditate
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