SGI leaders talk and behave as if they have attained what they have not. They delude themselves and others that they can give guidance to those who have serious existential problems such as AIDS, major depression, impending divorce with custody issues, etc, when they themselves have not overcome anything as serious as hemorrhoids. Many are taken in by their new age positive thinking, false bravado, and exaggerated sense of self by virtue of their phony relationship to Ikeda.
Let's get real. Who is capable of giving life and death guidance in the Soka Gakkai? Danny Nagashima who not only is lazy but who must have had worse grades than Rick Perry? Ethan Gelbaum? Linda Death Sentence Johnson?
I can think of only two men capable of unerringly imparting sage advice and wisdom to a young mother who suffers from metastatic melanoma, a man who lost his entire family in an auto accident, or to a woman in the throws of a nervous breakdown and one of these men, Shakyamuni Buddha, is rejected by the SGI. In both a religious and secular sense, only Nichiren Daishonin and Shakyamuni Buddha are capable of giving guidance to those in the throws of life's most grievous travails. These men are supposed to be the life coaches in the Soka Gakkai, not some two bit clarinet player or Ikeda bum licker.