Fear and Desire?

9 May

 

When will we ever learn? It’s the 21st century for crying out loud…and still we entertain people who call themselves “psychics” as if they were real.

In 2004 Montel Williams entertained a psychic (Sylvia Brown) on his syndicated show who told the mother of Amanda Berry, a 16 year old who had disappeared a few months earlier, that her daughter was dead. Amanda Berry was found alive after she broke free from a home in Cleveland where she says she has been kept for the past decade…but still the mystery remains…

Does anyone out there actually believe that there are people who can see the future? Or who can intuit that which is unknowable to everyone else? And why does the television, entertainment and media world trot these people out onto the airwaves as though they don’t already know what lying charlatans they actually are?

Apparently Sylvia Brown is now facing a backlash on social media for her incorrect prediction about Amanda Berry.

Anyone who entertains the “predictions” of anyone who self professes to see the future should take turns giving each other  a severe lashing as far as I’m concerned. FBI agents and other law enforcement officials have said that  alleged tips from psychics rarely help solve a case…but seriously, did we really need them to tell us that?

Why didn’t the police and Montel Williams and everyone else for that matter simply ask those folks who can speak to the dead whether or not Amanda was there? Would that have been too creepy or something? I mean after all those folks can actually speak to the dead can’t they?

Of course they can’t and EVERYONE knows it so When will we ever move beyond superstition in this world and take permanent residence in the realm of the proven and provable?

Can you imagine for one minute what it would actually mean to mankind if someone actually had the power of prognostication?! Seriously think for one minute…YOU can see into the future with 100% accuracy…all things before they happen…and your power is infallible (It would be of absolutely no use if it weren’t now would it?)

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THAT ABILITY?

Talk to the dead? Talk to the living about the dead as in:”Yes, they’re there and you’re here and they say hi!”

Would you go on television and make predictions?…or would you actually help people by finding them and saving them from horrible fates and warning of incredible tragedies before they happen? think of the possibilities? Think about how someone with that ability could actually help and change the world…They would be akin to GOD would they not?

So why do we entertain these silly and ridiculous notions about there being people who are “psychics, telepaths and clairvoyants” as though they actually exist… and thousands and thousands of years after we should all already know better?

If there is anyone out there who can “see” the answer, please let me know.

13 Responses to “Fear and Desire?”

  1. mvschulze May 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Long time skeptic and author, James Randi, still has $1,000,000 that he has vowed to give to any soothsayer like Sylvia Browne if they could be proven legitimate. It is amazing how many otherwise reasonable people seem to lose track of common sense to support their beliefs.

  2. RAB May 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    The only psychic I respect is the fictional guy on the tv show “Psych,” who pretends to be psychic (but we know he’s not, and so does his partner). His “visions” are the product of rapid reasoning based on sharp observation of details. Kind of like Sherlock Holmes. The police need his help because, like many fictional cops (and, I imagine, some real ones) they’re unobservant, locked into routines, or in love with a theory. Come to think of it, quite often they reach the same conclusions as “Psych” does, almost simultaneously, through their own methods.

  3. Barbara Backer-Gray May 10, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Good post!

  4. Anne May 10, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    I know someone who claims to have psychic abilities. She is not a charlatan in the sense that she is deliberately deceiving people. She honestly believes that she has a special ability and that it helps people. The feedback she gets from clients confirms her in that belief.

    • gpicone May 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

      Please ask your psychic friend when the next terrorist attack or mass murder of school children will occur so we can act now to prevent it. Thanks.

  5. bittergirlhabsfan May 10, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    Reblogged this on The Rant.

  6. ontyrepassages May 10, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    We invent and we innovate, but otherwise we’ve not evolved that far from the frightened humans who carried spears and hid in caves. We can build a better bed, but we’re still scared of what’s beneath it. Our emotions and superstitions haven’t kept pace with our math and science.

  7. charlypriest May 10, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    I think about it this way, some people believe in God, is there any proof of a God? If someone has seen him..or her, who knows please tell me. The people who believe in psychics I think is the same thing in some way. It´s the human nature to feel better about themselves or have something to cling too when thing go wrong so they can be stronger and get through a bad situation. I think that´s good, I don´t believe in God, but why all the atheist or not all, are so bend on bullying those who believe. Let them live, if they feel better,more power to them. What would I do If I had superpowers to see into the future, daa, no brainer, the BIGEST bank heist in the history of man kind. And then live LA VIDA LOCA. Stay frosty.

  8. funnyphilosopher May 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    I am a New Ager and my beliefs have been molded by people like Sylvia Browne. However, I’m aware that any one of them could be fakes or at least unknowingly wrong. I don’t put all my eggs in one basket, so it’s not crushing to my belief system to find mistakes like this. Still, when I read the news the other day, I thought, “Damn.”

  9. msauthorette May 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Hahahaha, oh my goodness, excellent post! I too, read that ‘psychic’ Sylvia Brown said Amanda Berry was dead, and how awful for her family to believe that. It is ridiculous to believe that anyone can speak to the dead, or predict the future; wouldn’t they all be rich, and able to predict the winning lottery numbers? Wouldn’t they be accepted as a vital part of law enforcement, and our crime rates drastically reduced because they’re able to catch criminals? People who believe in psychics and such have seriously lost touch with reality, and would rather enjoy believing in fantasy and escapism, which is actually a rather sad commentary on modern attitudes. The media does there very best to give these magicians and charlatans the air of authenticity because it improves ratings and makes money. But those people who are not duped and deceived know the truth. Thank you for writing this post!

  10. appletonavenue May 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    I think part of it is all we the media is pounding about tolerance. Apparently we are to be tolerant of the spook speakers as well. I suppose that’s reasonable. We should not exclude the crazy people, should we. They have a right to makie a living as best they can.

  11. mumsthewordintheuk May 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    We went to see this guy at a comedy night and he just confirmed my thoughts on the subject. Worth a watch just for the humour. http://www.iandmontfort.com/Ian_D_Montfort/Ian_D_Montfort.html

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