"Too Much Outer Form, Not Enough Inner Light"
Space Cadet commenting on "I Dread To Say It":
Let me volunteer an opinion, and we'll see if Smashed Hat agrees:
1. Too much outer form, not enough inner light;
2. Creativity has petered out;
3. Conservative tendencies succeeded in keeping the movement "in line," but soon neutralized the dynamic individualistic spirit -- for better or worse.
Rabbi Nachman saw that this was already happening in HIS day, and said that when the Baal Shem Tov passed away, he removed his light, as well. However, he went on to say, his task would be to leave behind a light that would flicker until the Moshiach: "Mien fierl vet tluyen biz Moshiach vet kumen!"
At least we can see that it is still flickering...