Oh come on man! You can't seriously think there isn't a marketing campaign!!! 
They are trying to sanitize the image of TM and sell it to everyone they can - 
they are even starting to distance themselves from Marshy if you believe the 
stuff in that NY Times article last week. 

 From: "sri...@ymail.com" <sri...@ymail.com>
To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, March 3, 2013 2:18 PM
Subject: [FairfieldLife] Re: Transcendental Meditation – becoming popular 

there is no marketing campaign at present,and there has not been for years. I 
have heard there is some planning for one, not to create the false impression 
that I have any expectation of rationality from yourself but these people are 
not remotely the "TMO" 
I guess people like this
are too OLD for your taste lol

--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, turquoiseb  wrote:
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, turquoiseb  wrote:
> >
> > > On 03/03/2013 07:26 AM, merlin wrote:
> > > >
> > > > http://kennethwestlee.com/2013/02/28/transcendental-meditation-becoming-popular-again/
> > > > 
> > > > [snip]
> > > > Then I discovered TM (Transcendental Meditation). The 
> > > > first thing I learned was, The Beatles did it. Then I 
> > > > learned Jim Carey, Russell Brand, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen 
> > > > DeGeneres, Russell Simmons, Clint Eastwood, Dr. Oz, 
> > > > and lots of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies practice 
> > > > and advocate like mad for TM.
> > 
> > One of the things that amazes me about the people who
> > keep forwarding articles like this is that they don't
> > seem to realize that everyone on their lists of "famous"
> > meditators is OLD AS FUCK.
> > 
> > The youngest on this list is Russell Brand, at 38. Ellen
> > DeGeneris is 55. Dr. Oz is 53. Oprah is 59. Jim Carrey 
> > is 51. The Beatles are so old that many people under the
> > age of 25 have never heard of them. 
> > 
> > Put aside the absurdity of deciding to learn a technique
> > of meditation because a famous person says so. That's so
> > retarded as not to require comment. But to pretend that
> > TM is "becoming popular again" when the only people they
> > can come up with to shill for it are OLD AND IN THE WAY,
> > and in many cases old enough to be the parents, grand-
> > parents, and (with the Beatles) even great-grandparents
> > of kids these days? That's kinda pathetic. 
> > 
> > Try to imagine TMers trying to pitch this shit to people
> > of high school age or early college age who may well have 
> > heard of NONE of these people, let alone be impressed by 
> > what they might think of anything. Kids these days would
> > look at them as if they were insane. And with reason.
> Seriously, am I the only person here who has noticed
> that there is something seriously OFF about the TMO's
> marketing campaign? 
> Its *entire* focus is to attract OLD people, OLD people
> with MONEY, and to entice them to contribute money so
> that TM can be *imposed* on either young people who have
> no interest in it because it's less hip that bell-bottom
> pants, or "people at risk" who are in prison, suffering
> from PTSD, or otherwise impaired?
> And *this* is the technique/philosophy that is going to
> "change the world," and make it a better place? Isn't
> that a process that traditionally falls to the *youth*
> of a nation to do?
> Suppose that when you were a teen or a young adult some
> OLD people had come along and, in your schools or wherever
> it might have been taught, had *imposed* TM on you? What
> do you think would be the likelihood of you still being
> a TMer? And yet THAT is what the people who keep touting
> the TMO's marketing scheme seem to believe, or at the
> very least, profess to believe. 
> Me, I kinda think that these are the fantasies of OLD 
> people who cannot relate to young people *at all*, and 
> as a result base all of their sales pitches on an appeal
> to OLD people like themselves, trying to get them to "do
> what is right" for all these poor, young folks who aren't
> OLD enough or smart enough to make decisions for themselves.
> Yeah, THAT sure worked with "Just Say No" and other such
> OLD PERSON fantasies trying to impose themselves on my 
> generation. I cannot help but believe it's going to be 
> just about as successful with a new generation.


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