Everything You Know Is Wrong.
You'll be shocked to read that I didn't pay $35 earlier today to obtain a photograph of my aura chakra!
Call me churlish but it seemed slightly over the odds for a polaroid with a smeared coloured halo background and a band of three or four uncontroversional, yet mildly aspirational, character traits printed across the bottom. Even though the bar chart looked quite funky!
Why do people do this - why do they give permission to be conned by charlatans or similarly self delusional practitioners of psychic arts? As someone said, when we stop believing in God we tend to start believing in anything. Is that moral relativism or just dumbing down and if the customer is happy has anyone been hurt? Is it just good marketing?
I take the side of the judge who recently sentenced a conman convicted of fleecing money from people who believed he was a psychic. He said that "as a result of your offences I shall be sending you to prison for eighteen months, but you will have foreseen that".