It’s easy to poke fun at the 210 principles as a latter-day model of EST or another 1970s personal discovery group. Take for example the notation in Principle 18 of “pain + reflection = progress,” the Christian-like maxim in Principle 122 to “teach your people to fish rather than give them fish” and the last principle, which lets you know something your mother told you: “Don’t try to please everyone.”
It is phrases like these that led a writer for New York magazine to describe the principles as “written in a digressive, self-serious style that reads as if Ayn Rand and Deepak Chopra had collaborated on a line of fortune cookies.”
It’s not all about personal attitude. Some of the principles express the harsh type of Darwinian capitalism that financiers tend to love.