Is this a worthwhile pursuit for a fellow in his golden years? Shouldn't I be spending my time on something a little more...well, meaningful or something? Hey, how many more years do I have and how much of that time do I want to spend here, on this blog, about sauce and stuff?
March 17, 2013, well, yes, I'm still buying different brands and types of sauce, though it seems as though the sauces are playing at best a minor part on this blog. Oh, well, what can I say...
November 19, 2011, Yavapai
County, Ariz., Judge Warren Darrow sentenced James Arthur Ray for the
deaths of Kirby Brown, 38; James Shore, 40; and Liz Neuman, 49 who all
died after participating in a sweat lodge ceremony. The sweat lodge was
the closing event of a five-day seminar, or retreat, I guess you could
say. Ray, who charged $10,000 to participate, billed it as a Spiritual Warrior event. Yes, and of course he talked about making spiritual breakthroughs and all of the other New Age stuff.
The jury convicted Ray of three counts of negligent homicide. The judge sentenced him to two years on each count, to be served concurrently.
Ray's rise to well-known self-help guru and motivational speaker
was helped along, by, yes, good old Oprah. Also, it didn't hurt that he
had a part in the movie, The Secret. You guys remember the Secret. Yes,
the law of attraction. Think it and it's yours.
Folks, no I'm not saying that we shouldn't try to improve ourselves,
improve our lives, but there's no quick way to anything in life, and
though most of us will never achieve greatness, we
all have the ability to have decent lives, and that's what we should
work on; fine tuning what we have, maybe learning to be better people.
There are few of us who are going to breakout of our lives, if
you will, and achieve overnight wealth and success: And, for those of
us who do, it's not going to be because of the Rays of the world. It's
all hard work and for most of us it takes time. Though I didn't spend
much time in looking into Ray's background, I'd be willing to bet that
he never made any money other than the money given to him by a whole
host of gullible people who attended his seminars and bought his stuff.
David McCall, a Texas trucking business owner who said he spent
$125,000 to attend Ray's seminars in 2008 was at Ray's sentencing
hearing to ask the judge for leniency. As I type
this, his Website is still up and running selling books, CDs, DVDs, yes
and all of the words are there for you: Harmonic Wealth, Science, and
Spiritual this that and the other and so on. Who are these people who go to these seminars and spend their money on most-likely worthless CDs, books, and such. I would imagine that most are bright intelligent people with a sincere desire to improve their lives. The problem is, that they put the Rays of the world up on a pedestal and shut off all of theirlogicalthinking. It would seem that Ray was considered god-like and no one questioned him or closely evaluated what he was selling. Several people ended-up with broken hands at another of his seminars when he told them they could break cinder blocks. The followers of the Rays of the world shut down any criticalthinking that they have and seem to buy into whatever they are told. Ray, like
others of his ilk, is nothing more than a New Age shyster. Instead of
peddling snake oil, Ray peddled his DVDs. Instead of saying his potions
and elixirs would cure your physical ills, Ray promised spiritual
happiness and wealth. It would seem, that for most of those who bought
into his scam, he delivered neither.