The Four Agreements, “Toltec Wisdom,” “Spiritual Warriors,” “Metaphysical” this, that and the other… Ugh. How long have we been hearing about this? How many people have we seen pull a well-worn copy of Don Miguel Ruiz’s book out of their hemp tote as they sip their non-fat, half-caff (with room for 1 Equal and 2 Splendas) latte and pretend to read it? Frankly, I’m over it. And I’ve never even read the book. Sure, I could use some improvement in my life: I could communicate more effectively, I could enhance my relationships. I just don’t see doing this with “Toltec Wisdom.” My main problem with The Four Agreements is Agreement #2: Don’t Take Anything Personally. This feels to me like a relic from the 1980’s Me Generation. And look at where that got us: Insane national debt, a quickly-disappearing ozone layer and women who wear running shoes with their 3-piece suits. I don’t mind saying, “If you are behaving like an idiot/jackass/self-centered maniac and people respond to that in a negative way, TAKE IT PERSONALLY.” By all means, take it personally. It’s about you. Enabling people to stumble through life, plowing people down with their self-obsessed behavior, is wrong. The Four Agreements has been on the market since 1997 and from where I’m standing, the world is less friendly by the moment, communication and contentment are at an all-time low and people are just generally pissed off. So, Don? I think we should agree to disagree. It’s not me, it’s you. I prefer to gain my wisdom from fortune cookies. And from the looks of things, I will be traveling to meet foreign dignitaries soon. Very soon. My bags are packed. Also, my kind demeanor wins me the respect of all whom I meet. Well, duh.