DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,

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The Little Princess & Jesus prayer rag

Just the other day while returning from a trip to The Noctuary, what should appear on the curb just as I opened the Dracmobile's door, but this little tract to add to the propaganda novelty collection. They usually provide for an amusing chortle, or a "HAW, HAW, HAW!", then are relegated to the pile. These usually contain the basic formula of scapegoating, fear-mongering, and shaming scenarios, but there was something rather disturbing about this particular story.

This one reaches a new low in the exploitation of a little girl stricken with cancer who just wants to have one last fun Halloween night, which she gratefully at least gets to experience before the programing session begins.

She and her brother travel about the neighborhood with she a princess and he as a cowboy; until despite her worsening condition, decides to enjoy one more Trick or Treat - but along with some undoubtedly cheap candy, a christian tract, of all things, is thrown into the bag. She reads the thing, a poor little girl in a compromised mental state, naively accepts the scare tactics and empty promises which eases her into death. As the night goes on, she further deteriorates, and her parents, perhaps placating their dying daughter's wishes, claim to have been converted, and so she dies with a an ironic notion of "salvation" while leaping into the arms of an angel and running to "Jesus", seemingly completely forgetting about her parents, whom I Am sure would much rather have her healthy with them! The last box shows her brother placing a crown upon her gravestone. Just sad and disgusting.

[1/5] One point for the Halloween theme. ∞

Jesus Prayer Rag scam

Then what should arrive in the post a few days ago from a "Saint Matthew's Churches" of Tulsa, Oklahoma, but this monstrosity - a so-called "Jesus Prayer rug" {or should that be "rag"?} featuring what looks like a decapitated nazarene. It is made of paper that is supposed to look like an actual rug, I suppose, that is to literally be prayed on, then re-mailed out to someone else, with a sort of allusion to acquire wealth, sort of like a milder version of those threatening chain letters. Yes, a "wish on Jesus" ploy, along with a "small donation", of course. This is accompanied by a questionnaire and an ad disguised as a testimonial of some woman being "blessed" with $46,000 after using it.

Now, if this had been re-mailed into your post box, it is recommended one wash one's hands thoroughly after handling.

The 'rug' contains an optical illusion in the vicinity of the eyes, which are subtly watermarked upon closed eyelids. When someone stares intently upon them, it appears as if the eyes are opening - kind of a neat trick, actually, which perhaps might go better in a haunted chapel. Yet simpletons will believe they have experienced something special, believe the claims, and mail it out.

Despite it being rather rude to impose unrequested solicitation towards conversion in one's mailbox, it is apparently widespread, I found this latest tactic to be quite a gimmick overall - sort of like a lottery.

Now what if this is yet another desperate attempt by the christian enterprise to revive interest in this superstition since Atheism is becoming more prominent amongst the more intelligent strata. Perhaps some of these addresses are collected, then a random "winner" is spontaneously selected, with claims of a supernatural "blessing"; and it very well may work among the more gullible. This just appears like a sort of pyramid scheme, and the white wolves which benefit may very well line their pockets once again from the rubes.

Ψ Parapsychology, My dear Watson.

Yet if this iconography & terminology resonates with a receptive mind, it may cause an impression that could begin a momentum towards influx, but this would project from the mind itself {thought-form wish}, not some sort of external force, with emotion serving as the generator. Yet the types which tend to gravitate towards these archetypes would be far too weak to effect any sort of tangible result. ∞

Then lo and behold, this "invitation" was stuck in the door to a Jehovah's Witnesses conference, capitalizing on apocalyptic fears and conspiracy theories. I suppose whomever it was that left it did not want to stay for a chat {they are ignored anyway}, as these religious salesmen are known to do for ye olde Jesus pitch. Good riddance. ∞

Tags: archetypes, christianity, christinsanity, halloween, herd stupidity, parapsychology, propaganda, psychology, psychology of religion, superstition

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