The Truth Behind Magic Rocks

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I believe most of us have heard of the story of the con men who were selling magic rocks to aunties at exorbitant prices. For those who have not, [which rock have you been hiding under for the past few years?] the gist of the story was that con men were picking up normal rocks from gardens and selling them off to aunties with the promise that these magical rocks would improve their luck/fortune/health/sex lives etc.


Most of them ended up in jail, while the rest decided to quit while they were ahead. And thus, the chapter of the Magic Rock was closed. Or so we thought...


In our modern society, the actual magic rock no longer exists, however, they have evolved. [Did I hear someone say Pokemon?] No one sells rocks nowadays, but there are lots of "supernatural" / "Energy-emitting" products that are basically the same as magic rocks.


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For the religious, there are holy/blessed/enchanted trinkets that protect them from "evil forces".
For the hippies, there are magnetised and energised necklaces and bracelets that emit "positive energy".
For the sports fanatics, there are ionised bands and tapes that "improves performance".


Basically they are all selling the exact same thing: HOPE.


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A hope of having a chance to live a better life.
A hope of being able to beat that nagging illness you've been bearing with for most of your life.
A hope of being able to be recognised as one of the best.


Oh, and don't forget a hope of being able to strike it rich. That's 4D and ToTo for the gambling types.


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Personally, I don't think those con men did anything wrong by selling the aunties and uncles those magic rocks. Yes, they were just normal garden rocks with no proof that they actually do the things that they are supposed to do. But on the other hand, magnetised necklaces and ionised bands also have no proof that they do the things they are supposed to do have been scientifically proven to NOT be able to alter any scientific form of energy in any advantageous ways. Yet there are humans who swear by them and won't even leave home without having them on. Which is the bigger con now?


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Why are the magic rock sellers behind bars while the magnetised necklace and ionised band companies pulling in the big bucks? One word: Beliefs. It's because the authorities themselves do not believe that the rocks actually work. However, some smart humans managed to make the authorities believe that the magnetised necklaces and bands do actually work, before actually going out to sell them. It also helps that these necklaces and bands can't be found lying around in your backyard garden.


It all boils down to a person's state of mind. Again I'm not saying it's wrong to sell/buy those type of things. If it gives someone a peace of mind, why not? If $10 can make me believe that my life is changing for the better for the next 10 minutes, I wouldn't mind paying that $10. Although after said 10 minutes, I would feel kind of stupid wasting that kind of money. But for those glorious 10 minutes, something in my life had really changed. What was it that changed? Only my state of mind, nothing else.


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But the point is humans want to believe in something. It gives that the drive to keep moving. And we do it everyday. Why do we wake up everyday, do the things we do, and go back to sleep every night? Because we believe that the world will still turn and be there for us the next day. If there was scientific proof that the world would be ending tomorrow, I can bet my last dollar that you won't be doing the things that you are doing right now. In fact, here's what I would be doing if the world would be ending in 24 hours.


As long as both parties willingly believe that the item will be able to bring them what ever they are looking for, I believe that it is a fair trade and the monetary value is irrelevant. It isn't very much different from the politicians and leaders that we vote for every election. Isn't that what they have been selling to us all this while? A glimpse of hope that we will have a better future?


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Hope and Beliefs are wonderful things, but scary and unpredictable at the same time. Anyone who is able to master the art of bending human's hopes and beliefs would most likely be unstoppable in our society.

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