Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Pat Mesiti - For God's Sake, Skip Ad.

Sometimes Facebook posts become a little too long to be Facebook posts. That's when you need Bigmouthery.

My (skip) ad feed on YouTube the last day or so has been almost exclusively a sales pitch from evangelical preacher Pat Mesiti, touting the 'law of attraction' method of life success. Like you, I generally 'skip ad' as soon as I can. Especially a few months after nearly losing my mind hearing Arnie say 'the best defence is defence!' Besides, it's critical I see Peter Serafinowicz's Sassy Trump or listen to Louis CK's diarrhea song...again.

The difference this time? I know who Mesiti is. I was once a Christian and during the short post-Catholic & pre-agnostic/mostly atheistic/trying to be post-theistic/who-the-fuck-knows-period, Pat Mesiti was a highly considered pastor among my happy clappy peers. So after being hit with a wall of Mesiti ads, I decided to hear him out.

He was standing in front of a big swimming pool at what looked liked a seaside resort, enthusiastically extolling the 'law of attraction' as part of a seminar sales pitch. Unlimited potential, limited seats, y'know how it goes...

As I understand the scientific term, the supposed laws of attraction has to do with bodies' attraction/repulsion in relationship to each other. Let's call this A.

By contrast, human 'laws' of attraction such as those propounded in books like 'The Secret' suggest that your desires and wishes will be made manifest by stating said desires and wishes, which the universe will then grant you. Let's call this B. The sceptics' formula for the combination of the two is as follows:

A + B = C (Commerce)

I am expert neither in quantum physics nor sales pitches, but I think it's disingenuous during a sales pitch for the salesman not to disclose that he is/was an evangelical preacher.

More importantly, I also think it's vital that the unsuspecting are made aware that that said pitchman pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of assault arising from domestic violence.

A more cynical person might reasonably assume that this hackneyed pitch to sell bums on seats is in some way an attempt at a career comeback.

And now, the Diarrhea Song.