“I lived my life by what they told me and without it I felt completely lost and unable to function.
“I didn’t have anyone else I felt I could talk to and the psychics would listen to my problems and offer advice, visions into my future and contact from beyond the grave. I spent my days wondering what I’d find out on the next phone call and as soon as I hung up on one I was already thinking of new questions for the next.”"Visions into my future and contact from beyond the grave." Whoo-boy. You KNOW you don't have any friends when not a single person in your social circle will tell you that's not possible.
What am I saying? I know from experience that, once they slip into La-La Land, these nutjobs violently push away anybody that argues for accepting reality (And if it's a woman, their girl and gay friends will assist them in it, as some misguided effort at Grrrl Power,...)
Still, that's the problem as I see it - that EVERYBODY isn't arguing for reality. The mark can only push away the rationalist because the con man's victims have other so-called "friends" who will go along with anything they say or do. To some people (the idiotically insecure) that's what trust consists of now, as twisted as that is.
When I consider all the havoc believers wreck, especially on others lives, it makes my blood boil. But just as bad are the people who go along - which is almost everybody. So what are we going to do? I know - unbelievable as it sounds:
Because, as far as I can tell, collectively leaping head-first off a cliff HAS to be a pretty reliable way - for some people - to finally come face-to-face with the truth,…