The Lesson I Learned Today… 140626

I think most of us really want to live in a better world and have better lives but we are very lazy and fear doing the work it takes to improve.

I was listening to an interview with Dr. Bruce Lipton, a (possibly well-meaning but nevertheless) charlatan who makes money pawning books and recordings based on tenuous pseudo-science at best. Think 1980’s-style books-on-tape that used to proclaim “learn while you sleep by programming your sub-conscious mind!”.

At first, I was mad at Dr. Lipton for preying on the hopes and aspirations of people who authentically want better lives and relationships. I was mad because people like him (and me if I wanted) have vocabularies large enough to dazzle good but innocently naive people. These types of con-artists use pompous (and practically meaningless) but science-y sounding phrases like, “neuro-modalities”, “Theta-waves”, “quantum… (anything)”, and “subliminal broadcast patterns” to make goofy spiritual quackery sound like actual science-based ideology.

After thinking about it, though, I became equally mad at his supporters/customers for being too lazy to think their way through the jargon and sensational claims. You do not have to be a big-worded brainiac to consider if subliminal “learning-while-you-sleep” tapes worked, then there would be no point in sending children to school. We could all just play “neuro-linguistic programming” audio tracks at bedtime each night and wake up fluent in another language or knowing martial arts after a good night’s rest. If it worked, there would be no other way anyone would want to learn! The whole world would embrace it, not just some select secret sub-culture that have access to a “magic sauce” no one else knows about.

Someof us want the easy, effortless answer so bad that we are literally willing to believe anything instead of putting in the hard, slow and steady work of becoming smarter, healthier, prettier, faster, better, etc.

There are no magic bullets. If someone tells you there is, better check the safety on his gun.

 

 

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