Saturday, 13 November 2010

'Amway's Gospel of Prosperity' is a blame-the-victim fraud

As you know, pernicious cults employ co-ordinated devious techniques of social and psychological persuasion (variously described as: ‘covert hypnosis’, ‘mental manipulation’, ‘coercive behaviour modification’, ‘group pressure’, ‘thought reform’, ‘ego destruction’, ‘mind control’, ‘brainwashing’, ‘neuro-linguistic programming’, ‘love bombing’, etc.). These techniques are designed to fulfil the hidden criminal objectives of the leaders by provoking in the adherents an infantile total dependence on the group to the detriment of themselves and of their existing family, and/or other, relationships. Pernicious cults manipulate their adherents’ existing beliefs and instinctual desires, creating the illusion that they are exercising free will. In this way, adherents can also be surreptitiously coerced into following potentially harmful, physical procedures (sleep deprivation, protein restriction, repetitive chanting/ moving, etc.) which are similarly designed to facilitate the shutting down of an individual’s critical and evaluative faculties without his/her fully-informed consent.
I'm sure that if a gang of Bible-thumping, American charlatan-preachers were circulating in your homeland peddling future (spiritual) redemption in Heaven, they would find very few takers. However, they might have more success if they tailored their story to fit the spirit of the times, and peddled the desperate, and/or greedy, future (economic) redemption on Earth.
In the Bible, a story is told of how (2000 years ago) Jesus fed a crowd of 5000 hungry believers with only enough food for a family picnic (and produced a massive surplus). This is self-evidently a physical impossibility, but, today, fundamentalist Christians still accept without question that the event really happened and that Jesus exists and has superhuman powers.Although many free-thinking people (including myself) consider the Bible to be a mixture of fact and fiction presented as total fact, they respect the irrational beliefs of all traditional religious groups, provided they also respect the law. The point being that, in the Biblical story, Jesus is not a charlatan on the make. On the contrary, he is a perfect role-model who refuses the temptation of the Devil to use his superhuman powers to become temporarily rich and powerful on Earth, and who chooses to remain poverty-stricken himself (and finally be brutally tortured and executed as a charlatan) in order to preserve future (spiritual) redemption for his followers in Heaven.
Consequently, all Jesus asks for in return for transforming a finite quantity of food into an infinite quantity, is total belief in future (spiritual) redemption in Heaven. He doesn't keep searching for fresh hungry followers to hand over 10 shekels each to enter the Miracle Buffet and, thus, keep pocketing 50, 000 shekels.
Amazingly, this perverted plagiarism of an otherwise-harmless Biblical story is essentially what the billionaire bosses of the 'Amway' mob, and their many copy-cats, have been peddling as total fact for 50+ years all over the world. Quite obviously, these Bible-thumping American charlatans do not possess superhuman powers to turn a finite quantity of money into an infinite quantity, but when their victims have inevitably failed to get fed (economically) and complained, they have been shown the door and told that (economic) starvation was all their own fault, because they didn't believe totally in future (economic) redemption on Earth.
David Brear (copyright 2010)

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