Book Review: The Path To Meaning

The Path To Meaning:  How To Align Yourself With The Universe, Make Use Of Its Hidden Laws, And Fill Your Life With Meaning, by Agnes Bodi

[Note:  This book was provide free of charge by BooksGoSocial. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

I am not sure that every potential reader is going to have the minimum necessary context in order to understand this book.  The version I read came in at around 50 pages or so, and that was barely enough time to get through the author’s discussion without any explanation of terms or concepts.  The author of this book more or less assumes that the reader is familiar with and in agreement with basic New Age ideas.  Admittedly, I am pretty familiar with this kind of book [1], more than I want to be at any rate, and so I understood what the author was saying.  That is not to say that I agreed with very much of it, but I certainly understood it.  You would be well-recommended to pass this book, though, unless you are pretty familiar with New Age thinking in general, at least from “The Secret” or one of its legions of imitators.

The contents of this book are described pretty straightforwardly by the book’s title.  The author seeks to present a path to meaning that goes beyond religion, thinking of religion as a restrictive program in someone’s mind that keeps them from full enlightenment.  This is an argument that would be likely to appeal to many, but not to this particular reader.  The author is notably oblique in her writing, commenting on being exhausted by karmic encounters that didn’t go anywhere, without explaining what she meant.  Did she mean she had friendship drama where she didn’t get what she gave?  Was she referring to frustrated romances?  I guess it’s not my business but I thought it a strangely odd way of describing one’s relationships or interactions with others.  Other than enough odd quirks to demonstrate that the author is being personal, the book largely recycles common ideas about vibrations and the law of attraction that what one finds in life is what one is.  Fortunately, the author seems to recognize that not everyone is going to agree with what she writes, which gives the book a less than strident feel that comes off fairly well.

While I disagree with a great deal of what is said in this book, I don’t feel a sense of hostility towards the author.  Probably because of her quirkiness, she comes off as someone with whom I would respectfully if heavily disagree but without rancor.  The author is looking to express what she views of as the truth with a larger and candid world.  There are quite a few people who already agree with her and can nod their head at her discussion of the dysfunctionality of much of contemporary life, and there are no doubt many people who are at least open to the message that she has to give.  I can’t count myself as one of those people, but I do not consider this book as something worthy of hatred or scorn, but rather an invitation to discussion.  In my view, this book and the New Age “law of attraction” solution tend to engage in blaming the victim, because bad things happen to people who are themselves defective, reversing a great deal of the cause and effect that is true in this existence.  Little children, to take an example not at random, are not abused because they are repaying some sort of excessive karmic debt.  Rather, they are abused because other people are evil and they are vulnerable enough to serve as a revelation of the character or lack thereof of those around them.  We live in a world full of darkness and evil, and sometimes we must align ourselves against it.

[1] See, for example:

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