Humble Rants 19 March 2014

Posted Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Opinion

Humble Rants 19 March 2014

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

Perhaps I already told you that I'm reading "American Fascists" by Chris Hedges.

Did you know that as a cultist you can take classes in how to get depressed people to find Joy in Jesus and attain "free" everlasting life?

We all know vulnerable people who were absorbed into a cult, but there is an entire chapter in this book about the amount of training it takes cultists to be successful.

The way I read it, Chris Hedges took a several-day workshop with a cult guru and Chris tells, step by step, how they rehearse the speeches that will bring the sick, the sad, the suffering and the sorrowful into line so they will henceforth do exactly what the cult leaders want them to do. 

If you are a drunk who has lost everything or a child who has recently lost a parent or have been rejected by a lover, you are at a point in your life when you will quickly embrace the feigned friendship, attention, sympathy and a promised path to Eternal Life (that will free you from worry) that is offered by these skilled professionals. 

One would imagine that top salesmen have taken similar courses that teach the proven steps to consummating a sale. 

As I read this, it reminded me of a very good and intelligent man I used to go lawn-sale-ing with. A natural salesman, he followed almost the exact steps I saw outlined in the book. And within a few minutes instead of selling him something, the person running the sale would go in the house and bring out something that they wanted to give him. 

Having been with him many times, I have seen this over and over. I'm only sorry that I didn't know at 18 what it has taken me another 60 years to learn.

It is to my credit that I do have the ability to learn. No better than the cultists I read of yesterday, here's how I soften up a "mark."

The seller, or man and wife, or seller and companion, are often sitting in the shade behind rows of tables of assorted junk. 

As I walk up their driveway, they often say, "How are you today?"

"Today I am trying to boost the local economy. I am going to spend as much money here as possible. Please tell me how I can help you."

Delivered slowly so they don't miss a word, they usually laugh at hearing something unexpected (delivered in an accent that some have never heard before) and are now at ease and on my side.  

After chatting a while, I might say, "You seem to have a lot of wonderful things here that both you and I can live without." I thank them and leave. 

Or, "That is a very nice looking filing cabinet," as I extend a hand holding three one-dollar bills. I've tried the action and know that it is a top-of-the-line model that probably sells for over $150. "I'd really like to have that very nice filing cabinet. Would you take three dollars for it?"

Yesterday the woman selling it had nothing else in the yard but a little girl who was 10 or 12 and piles of rubbish and stinking junk. She took the three dollars and we thanked each other. 

And, feeling guilty for robbing the poor, I gave her another dollar. 

If it wasn't for that final weakness, wouldn't I make a first class preacher?

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