*Features adult language and themes.*
“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
– Abraham Lincoln
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“Are you happy?.”
“To be happy you have to accept and embrace your true self.”
“You have to protect yourself from negativity.”
What does that even mean?
“Negative thoughts are roadblocks across your path to happiness”
I can’t believe how easily the words spill out of my mouth. They landed softly on the microphone to be amplified and projected at the audience.
Presumably the audience was still there. He couldn’t see anyone beyond the first three or four rows. The spotlight shone in his eyes obscuring them.
Oddly, he never got many walk-outs; he assumed plenty of people were listening. At this point, he didn’t care if the place was empty. The theatre was sold out, he’d got their money. He didn’t give a shit if they hated the show.
The rows he could see were full. Full of people hanging on his every word.
“There are many forms of negativity. You must become resistant to them. Eventually you can learn to process that negative energy and send it back to its source as positivity.”
They sucked it up so willingly. It was pathetic. Some of the crowd were perched forward on the edge of their seats, caught up in his words, so willing to learn the great secret that would make their lives better.
He decided to take a stroll across the stage. He’d been standing at the lectern all evening, it was time to wrap it up, time to give the people some sort of closure. Make them think the last two hours of their lives had been worthwhile and enriching.
In many ways he was an illusionist. Instead of trying to make them think he mutilated an attractive assistant, he used words. The people came into the theatre expecting knowledge, possibly enlightenment. They came willingly, and paid good money, to learn something that would improve their lives.
What they got was a guy on stage using a slideshow to tell them they already knew how to be rich and happy but for some reason they were stopping themselves.
He couldn’t believe he got away with it.
The power of a slideshow should never be underestimated.