I just watched Tom Shadyac on Oprah. I think the cynicism comes from the fact that he thinks downsizing to a place that is still a thousand times nicer than where most people live gives off a distinctive smell of naivete, at the least. Also, the fact that he presents himself as someone who completely changed his life yet still chooses to make inane - but of course highly successful, financially - movies is not walking the walk. Just IMHO. I've known too many people who were hugely successful and yet truly are humble, and do walk the walk, to buy this guy's schtick. For one thing they don't go on Oprah and proclaim what they're doing to the world. They only go on TV to solicit help for their programs,like the woman from the World Food Program I also saw on TV tonight, on Letterman.She's doing the real work, on the ground in Somalia, Haiti, et al. And the only reason she went on TV was to seek help to feed the dying children. If I never hear another story about some wealthy person who trumpets how he/she "gave it all up" to help the world, it will be one more than I'd ever care to hear again.