Scams, conspiracies: how your mind makes you dumb, naive, stupid, and a victim

Scams, conspiracies: how your mind makes you dumb, naive, stupid, and a victim

Ever since I was a little girl, I could be sent into a deep depression with any story about scams, conspiracies.

The idea that I was duped, or could be duped, that we are walking on a minefield only safe for a moment and can be blown up any moment sent me hurling into depression.

I know that my wording is dramatic: I can be very dramatic about certain topics, to my own detriment.

Where is this from, this sudden "interest" in this topic again?

Well, this is a recurring theme: every few years it comes up, the money mongers, the psychological games, all that happy horse-shit... I am not saying that they are not true, I am only saying that I am better off keeping my distance from them.

You may know this story, but it is worth telling for those that haven't:

Autobiography in Five Chapters

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost... I am hopeless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I'm in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in... it's a habit
My eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I walk down another street.

What is the origin of this "depression"?

When I was three and a half I made an error in judgment. I got hurt as a result. I repeated the error a few more times, and today I don't have to make that mistake again. But yet, something must have stayed there, because just the idea of being duped (euphemism for being stupid, lol) triggers a depression for me.

Today's trigger was an email I got from someone to check out a page.

Here is the email

I am thinking about starting a "syndicate" as Kern describes in this - except no unethical sales tactics. I want the right people in it and you came to mind.

What do you think?

So you see, there are two angles here:

  1. there is an evil world of scammers out there, only wanting to get rich by making people poor. They are merciless
  2. I was invited to participate in something that will bring me unearned benefits.

Why is this double trigger lethal?

Because human being is built on the foundation of animals, and we are ruled by animal instinct unless suppressed or transmuted or transfigured... but to one degree or other the instincts are there...

Greed is one of them.

Greed is one of the strongest and least understood instincts. I know it inside and out. I have tamed it many times.

The trouble with greed is that it, much like the wolf in the story "Little Red Riding hood" dresses up in disguise so you don't have to take responsibility for your choices.

It masquerades. It justifies itself. It pretends to be good.

Greed is always a poison, no matter what you greed for (is that English?) or lust for.

The scammers can only scam you because of your greed.

Greed is not always about money. Greed can also be about safety, about power, and even lust is a form of greed. Being a lush, being a glutton is a kind of greed. Or we could turn it around and say that Lust is the basic animal instinct and it shows up in all areas.

Read the article. I don't want to paraphrase it, it's a long article with quite a few videos on the page, but it is worth reading it. It will come to many of you as a wake-up call.

The article talks about scams over the internet, but there are scams everywhere. Worthless products in the self-development industry, in spirituality, in religion, politics, drugs, sex, alcohol... everywhere.

Gurus lusting for world dominance and destroying (or attempting to, lol) anyone who stands in their way.

Believe me when I tell you, there is no human being without those lower (evil) inclinations. Some suppress them and then they explode in the most inopportune moments, molest little kids, or go crazy.

Some manage the evil inclinations, and deal with them as they come up. I belong to this second group. As an empath I can feel YOUR greed, your lust, your vengefulness, your anger, your belligerence, your slothfulness... they are all evil inclinations.

Go visit that website and come back. Let's talk. It will never become manageable unless it comes out to the open. When those inclinations can hide, they proliferate. They can survive the light and the attention.

Author: Sophie Benshitta Maven

award winning architect, magazine publisher, transformational and spiritual coach and teacher, self declared Avatar

5 thoughts on “Scams, conspiracies: how your mind makes you dumb, naive, stupid, and a victim”

  1. I like this article, i look to self improvement programs like many others, also the idea that i could easily make/receive money by not doing much.

    Although the idea of selling complete shit at the expense of others is something i couldnt live with.

    I like the idea of giving back more value than is received in money.

    At the same time there are sooo many different programs and many probably just a re-hash, it is easy to jump from one to the next without really making the effort, where is the quick fix sort of thing, not good. pick one make the effort.

    Then there is the nice simple straight forward books like you recommend of Wallace Wattles.

  2. Wow.

    (step back, step back…)

    After I read the story, watched the Scamworld and other videos (and personally liked that the sound was off sync so you had a different ‘take on what they were saying) and a few of the comments (including a surprising and disturbing update on a person I had formerly respected) I kept having to remind myself to ‘step back’ because my latent love of dysfunction and gossip was getting charged up by the story and the comments..

    At one time I was a sucker, but not on that scale. I subscribed to teleseminars with spiritual programs a la The Secret, and each person was offering their own package specials JUST for a limited time..and in a short amount of time was wading through craploads of offers for ebooks, DVDs, podcasts, cruises, workshops and seminars.

    –Joe Vitale products still kept getting into my inbox no matter how many times I marked it as spam–

    –and am still paying off one that was thousands more than i could afford, but appealed to what I thought was missing in my self and in my work…(remember my mention of more attractively designed blandishments?)

    Ironically last year this person asked me to give a speech at this year’s gathering to his other subscribers about What I Had Been Learning with his product

    (which was ‘nothing.’)

    PS. but it’s a non-issue, because I muscle tested whether I should go this year, and Source said ‘no.”

    I understand through this work, it’s time to stop, stay still, go quiet, and go deep.

    So in my opinion, I think it would be very hard to maintain an ethical footing for long against a background standard of minimal quality products and high-quality manipulation. I truly want you to make money, but you know it’s hard to keep things to your impeccable standards when others are involved. And your inner strength would be tested by people on your own team in the attempts to keep it clean over the long run when immense profits are in sight.

    You always have to do what you would do. And you are very, very honest. But the more people involved, the more risk that you could be corrupted or subverted for a goal and value system not your own.

    PS. For your movie education, watch “The Boilerroom,” with Giovanni Ribisi.

  3. You are so astute it is amazing.

    The person who sent the email to me is someone that is all about money.

    Just watching Trivedi being on a puppet on a string for his Mr.Fred and co. promoters that keep him in his hamster cage. Even if he had high standards and the intention to serve originally, it is long corrupted by working FOR a “staff” that makes more when you bring in more.

    Your honesty is getting up there with mine, girl friend. Congratulations.

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