Friday, July 21, 2017

Fun Post Friday! #2

I haven't done a post like this in a while, but with all of the craziness in the world, it was time to look at something funny. Apparently, Sweden is going to extraordinary measures to deal with their immigration problems (Muslim refugees), and are ready to send in the clowns! The organization is called "Clowns Without Borders" (CWB), and it is a real organization. They have been doing this since 1996, and are about to spend another 25 million kronor to help refugee children get a monthly smile! According to Ayatollah Khomeini (former supreme leader of Iran) this is how he feels about fun and laughter, “Allah,” declared Khomeini, “did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.” I'm going out on a limb here and say clowns aren't a big part of Islam.

Alright, enough clowning around with Sweden, MLMs are still around, and they are running very profitable circuses they call "functions". Let's break down these "functions", "seminars", "gatherings", and "meetings" for what they really are, glorified circus acts that are bringing in big dollars based on entertaining a vulnerable and captive audience.

1. Circuses and "Functions" are entertainment exhibitions - They both have a series of acts that bring laughter and escapism from the daily routine. They don't offer anything in the form of a solution for a brighter future. They both have loud music, dynamic lighting, and large energy.

2. Circuses and "Functions" are illusions - They both have magic acts, but circuses, unlike "functions", tell you in advance that they are trying to deceive you. The circus will have a magician come out and perform a series of tricks, while a diamond, or other high ranking status symbol, will lie to MLMers about a lifestyle they will never achieve as they extract dollars through routine purchases of tools and unsaleable products.

3. Circuses and "Functions" are superficial - There is no depth to their shows, and after leaving, you are not a better person. Instead of watching slapstick comedy from clowns, you are watching an elementary level public speaker tell jokes about "J-O-B's" and "Firing Bosses". Instead of watching animal acts, you are watching videos of high ranking members and their proverbial cages. Instead of watching a highly dangerous act, such as sword swallowing or the human cannonball, you are watching an 80 year evangelical preacher fly around on stage and acting crazed.

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High ranking MLMers may look, dress, and sound differently from clowns, but the message is still the same. Give them some money and get distracted for a brief period of time. Turn off your brain, and remove yourself from the world. Live in the present moment and forget responsibility.

Clowns being sent to help Muslim refugees is as logical as MLMers giving financial advice. MLMers don't know anything about running a business, they don't know anything about taxes, they don't know anything about saving money for the future, they don't know anything about investing. You wouldn't trust a clown to give you life lessons, therefore don't trust a MLMer with your financial future.




  1. Humorous but good analogy with the clowns. When you think about it, an upline is someone who "mentors" you or "counsels" you in Amway and MLM. What is the "prestige" about upline? An upline is someone who signed up before you.

    Think about that. Your special upline is basically someone who joined the MLM before you. How does that give someone the credibility to mentor or counsel anyone?

    What if some college kid sponsored someone and then later in the downline, some doctor or other professional got sponsored. Can you imagine that college kid demanding that a doctor submit to him or to listen to his advice because he is "upline"?

    It's absurd but that's basically protocol in MLM.

    1. Joe,

      I wondered that myself. I saw these "Diamonds" on stage that could barely speak English trying to teach us the wonders of Amway, and there was a doctor sitting very close to me in the audience. The reason I know he was a doctor was he rushed over to help a person that ha collapsed at the FED, and he actually knew what to do in that situation, which looking back is darn lucky for the person that collapsed.

      One thing a family member said, which is funny because he is a doctor, is they make great suckers for investments. They make a lot of money, they worked really hard, and they think they know more than they do when it comes to other subjects. It was weird to hear, but it does make sense. Doctors and investments do not go together.

      Still, to think that a 20 something year old college burn out, or even a 40 something year old shoe salesman would give advice to someone with an advanced degree in medicine is pretty hysterical.

  2. Gathering at these "functions" reinforces the social conformity and obedience to authority MLM's need to perpetuate the scam.

    You haven't pointed out one of the most insidious purposes of the "functions:

    Indoctrination. The music, singing, flashing lights, sleep/food deprivation, emotional testimonials... all of these things break down the mind's natural defenses and make anyone more susceptible to the indoctrination.

    1. Pinkvictim --

      Thank you for your comment! I was attempting to focus on the parallels between a circus an a MLM function and I don't believe circuses attempt to indoctrinate their customers. I am not trying to take away from your point, as it is EXTREMELY important, but it would be geared toward a different type of post.

      You seem to have a great grasp of what is going on at the functions and I would love to hear more of your input. I'm also curious about your handle and whether you had been involved with the "Plexus" MLM.

      Thanks again, and I look forward to more of your comments!

  3. Hmmm... yeah, I get you. I'll keep comments tighter to the subject of the posts in the future. :D

    No, no Plexus; my wife is in another pink MLM... don't ask. LOL

    1. pinkvictim --

      Honestly, you should feel free to comment any way you see fit, but don't be surprised if I have a response to defend myself. We have had many great conversations that completely derailed from the original post, so please don't feel you have to fit into a particular box.

      I wasn't aware that there were other pink MLMs. I am legitimately curious, but if you want to keep it out of the conversation, then I completely understand.

      Thanks again for your comments!

  4. Not to worry. I have been known to get impatient with a comment thread that gets derailed. However, I'll try to stay on target.

    Oh yes, there are other pink MLM's. Just do a search for "pink mlm" and you'll find the truth.

    Oh, and you don't have to thank me for commenting - that's going to get old real quick. LOL