Sunday, July 22, 2012

Why I hate, hate, hate gurus and motivational speakers – and what this has to do with the way so many idiots vote

Generally speaking, I believe in mercy. I believe in kindness. I believe that if a person is injured, you, and I and all of society should come to that person's rescue. I believe injured people should not be the subject of derision.

But I draw the line at dumbass idiots who blindly put their faith  in some jerk motivational speaker and try to walk across hot coals.

Take the case of the stupid suckers who let a motivational speaker named Tony Robbins persuade them to do just that – the hot coal walk.

Robbins must have known they were going to get burned, if you believe the account of the event in The New York Times. He had a medical staff standing by. But his audience drank his  Kool Aid.
Walking across hot coals on lanes measuring 10 feet long and heated to between 1,200 to 2,000 degrees provides attendees an opportunity to “understand that there is absolutely nothing you can’t overcome,” according to the motivational speaker’s website. 
Yeah, I guess if you happen to be first or second in a line that's filling up the emergency room and putting stress on overtaxed doctors and burn clinics, you can overcome third degree burns on your feet. You might even avoid amputation.
What the hell did those morons think was going to happen when they went for a promenade across a pit of hot coals? One witness told the Associated Press:

“I just heard these screams of agony. People were in pain. It sounded like people were being tortured.”
Hey, you wanna know why people, against their own self-interest, will vote for Willard Romney in the coming presidential election? You wanna know why Michelle Bachmann hasn't been laughed into oblivion by her own constituents? You wanna know why batshit crazies believe global warming doesn't exist and dinosaurs walked the earth with people a mere 4,000 years ago?
Just fill a pit with burning coals and invite some gullible nincompoops out for a stroll.


e.a.f. said...

how very true. In my opinion Robins is just a guy with a big jaw who likes to make money. Can over come anything? gee didn't work for all the people who were shot in Colorado.

Patricia said...

I was thinking of installing a hot coal fire-walk in my backyard and charging people to race around on it. But I can't even motivate my daughter to clean her room. If only I could afford to send her to Tony. For some reason he always reminded me of Frankenstein.

David Allen said...

Robbins! I completely agree with you that some of the people who becomes idiot and blindly put their faith in some jerk motivational speaker and try to walk across hot coals.
All of that kind motivations are fake and rubbish. But once I visit here this site then found some positive motivations.

The New York Crank said...

Hey David,

My own favorite motivational speaker is Pinocchio in the currently-running Geico TV Commercial. As he speaks, his nose grows.

But I'm sure David will appreciate the free plug you're giving him here. Whether I'll ever forgive myself for not moderating it off my blog is another question.

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank

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