No one in this world, as far as I know … has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. – H. L. Mencken
The worst things in history have happened when people stop thinking for themselves. – Donald Trump
Lately I’ve become very skeptical about the self help industry. Most of the self help books that I’ve seen talk about things that everyone already knows and the few that don’t do that usually take the dangerous path of simply lying to their readers – very dangerous lies.
Reading that you can do everything you want by yourself, in a society based on teamwork, is wrong & dangerous as it discourages consciousness and encourages narcissism. Only a few of us could get food on the table if it weren’t for others, but they teach you that you can earn enough money to buy a 20+ million villa in Maui without help from anyone else. The sick society that this idea creates is too scary to even talk about here.
Reading that all of us are geniuses – but apparently we’re not aware of it – is so wrong that it is funny! This boy has an incredible brain; see if any of the top self-help millionaire gurus are even close to his ability. If what they teach is correct and if they are at the top of their fields, we must assume that they should be aware of their unlimited potential, so watching them match the boy with the incredible brain wouldn’t be a problem. Not to mention Daniel Tammet, the savant from Salt Lake City who can read two pages simultaneously, one with each eye, and who can recall – in exact detail – the 7,600 books he has read. I’m sure that everyone can do it, we just need to increase our awareness…
Reading that dreams come true if we dream about them long enough… absurd. The place for fairy tales is in the fairy tale books, not in the books & talks that are supposed to help people improve their lives. The reasons why people believe this pseudo-scientific-fluff-talk really works are both simple and complex. One of simple ones: dreaming is easy and pleasant and if it is advertised that it can get you rich… One of the complex ones: it is easy to take a picture out of the original frame, place it in a different one, and then argue that the one you placed it in is the original frame because it seems to fit the picture.
Reading examples of people whose lives have been changed after reading self-help books is silly. Lives are changed, but most of the times they’re not changed for the good. The industry admits that 90% of the people buying these books don’t ever read beyond the first page. Can you imagine the mental laziness of those people? Now, how difficult is it to sell easy dreams to lazy people?… Only 2 working neurons are required for the correct answer. Sure, the industry really helps some, the cherry-picked exemplar, the authors and 1 in 10,000,000 readers. But that is because those people were already smart, driven, and / or lucky enough to get a book published or to appear on Oprah. The typical consumer of such materials isn’t smart and driven, he just takes whatever empty talk comes his way for granted, and if enough numbers of other people follow the empty talk, he simply assumes that it must be correct. In reality, they’re all so wrong that they can’t even dare to start imagining it.
There are a *whole* lot of other issues with this field, but this is what was bothering me at the moment as a result of scanning some disturbingly wrong ideas on a few blogs.
The thing which surprises me the most is the naiveness of the general public, the fact it believes anything and everything that comes from an authority, without ever questioning the truth (and sanity) of it.
Kind intentions can never replace the truth. Sure, there are self-help authors who have real works, based on reality (more or less), that genuinely help, but I could count them all on the fingers of my hand. These real works, which require hard work and sweat, aren’t as attractive as the empty talk that only looks good on paper and pats your back.
The self-help industry has been around for quite a few years now and its business numbers are in the order of billions, I wonder why is it that most people who’ve contributed to those numbers still haven’t found what they were searching for.
The US war on terror is a war inside a nation’s mind. The self-help industry has its headquarters and playgrounds in the same place. Both games will last for as long as people will blindly believe what some authority figures tell them to. To illustrate the stupidity of authority figures, here’s one of the dumbest quotes that I’ve seen lately:
The older I get, the more centered I become and the more I think I really know about myself. What I know is that what other people do doesn’t really have any effect on me. – Oprah Winfrey (oh really?)
I am aware that this post will make me a little unpleasant for some, but for goodness’ sakes people, START THINKING!!
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