This blog is all about the mind of the Ambot, but today, I want to show that Ambots aren't alone in their spouting of mass-minded slogans. In my last post, I addressed a standard stock-argument that Ambots use when their business is called a pyramid scheme. That is, they attempt to argue that all organizations are really pyramid schemes. As I said last week, "I encounter this reasoning frequently, and it's not just with Amway. Apparently, members of many MLM schemes are taught this counter-argument to the pyramid scheme challenge."
I recently saw a lady in her early 50's at my gym selling organic coffee products. She was proclaiming the benefits of coffee with ganoderma, which is some sort of fungus that's supposed to give you energy. When I asked her about research backing up the claims, she could only give me anecdotal reports. Some baseball coach in Wisconsin said it helped his players get ready for the game. An accountant in Virginia claimed it made him feel 10 years younger. All of these reports could be explained by the effects of caffeine alone, and of course, there were no studies comparing the coffee to regular old joe or placebo. The lady told me she was employed full time at an academic institution, and it sounded like a job that would likely pay well and give good benefits. I couldn't help but ask "why are you selling coffee then?" She replied that when she found out how great it was, she just had to help other people find out about it!
She offered me a cup, and when i agreed, she poured hot water in a styrofoam cup and ripped open a packet of the mocha variety, stirring it into the hot water. It made about 6 ounces of "coffee". The clumps of powder wouldn't completely dissolve, so that was unpleasant. However, it was fairly tasty, but it tasted more like hot chocolate, and it was very heavy on the sugar.
The lady seemed nice, and I even thought about throwing her a bone with a pity purchase...that is, until she showed me the price. This wonder coffee was over 30 dollars for 15 packets. That's right, 2 dollars per cup for INSTANT COFFEE! I apologized that I couldn't pay more for instant coffee than I would for fresh at Starbucks every morning and departed without giving it much thought. Later on, though, I thought of her again. Now why would a lady of 50, established in a career with good pay, be in a gym at 8 PM selling an overpriced product that made extravagant, unsubstantiated claims for its efficacy? Because she just wanted to help people discover it, she said? That sounded awfully familiar.
I couldn't remember the name of the coffee, so I just googled "coffee pyramid scheme" on a hunch, and I guess what. I found it. The name of the company is "Healthy Coffee". Here's a page devoted to debunking the claim that they are a pyramid scheme:
If you don't want to read it, I'll spare you the time and cut to my favorite quote:
"Most people picture a pyramid scheme as a business where the employee on top of the pyramid gets most of the money, and what’s left just trickles down to the employees at the bottom of the pyramid who get a much smaller piece of the pie. Here’s the crazy thing I discovered when I looked at it and started thinking out of the box. The very definition of a pyramid scheme business exactly matches the so called “structure” of corporate America that had been drilled into my brain all these years! I realized that in the past I’ve done a ton of work and collected my paycheck, not even thinking about how I made less than my supervisor, who made less than her superior, and so on until you get to the wealthy CEO on top. What an unbelievable moment for me… that’s when I realized this was the perfect fit for me to begin building residual income online."
A veritable epiphany, folks! Amazing that the very same stock-phrase regurgitated by Ambots and, as far as I can tell, members of every major MLM company, comes to this contemplative lass only when she "started thinking out of the box"! On the contrary, this only makes sense when you start thinking inside the box of recycled slogans, so familiar to brainwashed MLM apologists.
Nauseating as it is, it's probably not as bad as her definition of pyramid schemes--"the employees at the bottom of the pyramid who get a much smaller piece of the pie". Smaller piece? Is that her euphamism for "losing money"? This is the subtle trick of equivocation that Amway kingpin manipulators devised long ago. They smuggle in the idea that the bottom rungs of Amway are still making something, so subtly that it isn't questioned. Once you've accepted that, you forget that approximately 99.5% of distributors are actively losing money in Amway. You forget that even the least paid employee in a corporation is still making money. Then you start to say "yeah, I never thought of it that way!" You hadn't thought of it that way because you had common sense...at least until you submitted it to brainwashing.