Why guilt people into thing...?

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    Dec 06, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
    So...here is my thought. I usually enjoy when people forward me emails, particularly the funny ones. I am also religious, so I enjoy getting the inspirational messages and all that. The thing that I find to be the most irritating thing about receiving an inspirational email is that now a days, they always come with a disclaimer of some kind saying things like:

    "If you love Jesus, then you will pass this on to ____ number of people!"

    - or, like the last one that I read -

    "93% of people will not pass this on."

    Really? Why do we have to hit that angle? I may enjoy receiving forwards, but I am not the person that ever passes them on. Ever! So telling me that now I don't love Jesus because I don't pass on the message is completely stupid! I wish people would stop using guilt and threats to force someone into doing something!!! Even if it is something good!!!

    Am I the only one that feels this way?
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    Dec 06, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    crazyboy963 saidSo...here is my thought. I usually enjoy when people forward me emails, particularly the funny ones. I am also religious, so I enjoy getting the inspirational messages and all that. The thing that I find to be the most irritating thing about receiving an inspirational email is that now a days, they always come with a disclaimer of some kind saying things like:

    "If you love Jesus, then you will pass this on to ____ number of people!"

    - or, like the last one that I read -

    "93% of people will not pass this on."

    Really? Why do we have to hit that angle? I may enjoy receiving forwards, but I am not the person that ever passes them on. Ever! So telling me that now I don't love Jesus because I don't pass on the message is completely stupid! I wish people would stop using guilt and threats to force someone into doing something!!! Even if it is something good!!!

    Am I the only one that feels this way?


    False belief systems are based upon indoctrination and fear (brainwashing). From a very early age, most folks are taught that if they don't follow the doctrine, the deity of the false belief system, or the believers, will lash out in vindication / retribution.

    You would do well to study up on Conformance Theory to understand more of how it works, and why people can be manipulated in to completely false belief systems.

    Once you come to understand it, you'll be able to understand it for what it is: a false belief system, and modify your behavior accordingly.

    False belief systems prey on weak-minded folks, saying completely untrue things.

    E.g. bisexuality; homosexuality; occurs in most animal species. It's very much part of nature, yet, false belief systems tell complete fabrications about it. My mom's brother killed himself because he was Catholic and gay, and that was a mortal sin, in his view.

    Understand, false belief systems are a VERY destructive force, but, once you come to understand how they work, you can take them for what they are worth: false and counter-productive.

    You are only "guilted" if you subscribe to the false belief system. Don't subscribe to it to begin with.

    I LIKE a good ass pounding, and I have NO GUILT about it.
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    Dec 06, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    Maybe Jesus sent you the chain letter.
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    Dec 06, 2009 9:33 PM GMT

    Mmmm, feels lovely doesn't it? Enjoy it! Let it all in!
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    Dec 06, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    goodtr8s saidMaybe Jesus sent you the chain letter.


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    Jesus looks kind of sexy. If I got an email from him, I think I'd be very happy. And then I would hotlist him.
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    Dec 06, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
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    goodtr8s saidMaybe Jesus sent you the chain letter.

    Jesus looks kind of sexy. If I got an email from him, I think I'd be very happy. And then I would hotlist him.


    My sentiments exactly. i don't know if it's an insult or a blessing that they insist on depicting Jesus in such attractive ways.

    ........................

    *lol, I know I keep posting these, I love the overtones*

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    Dec 06, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    If you love Jesus, you would not deport him .. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 06, 2009 10:39 PM GMT
    I suspect that, unfortunately, many of the original posters of such "inspirational messages" aren't looking to inspire at all, but merely to evangelize or while away their boredom.
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    Dec 06, 2009 10:54 PM GMT
    My friend who is the head of IT for a Fortune 100 company says that ALLLLLLLL 'please forward this' e-mails are tracking programs that gather the addresses of everyone that forwards or is forwarded this type of silly stuff.

    If you really DO want to send something on that someone has sent you and 300 other people before....Copy & Paste is a nice gesture, so the other person doesn't have to scroll down to China thru all the previous addresses to get to the body of the e-mail.

    Remember the old Video rental Sign that read "Please be kind, Rewind!" ?

    Our new Internet motto should be:
    "Please be kind, DON'T FORWARD! Copy & Paste!"

    Ok, not as catchy, but I'm not in the slogan-creating-game. icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 06, 2009 11:29 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said ... to scroll down to China
    lol

    I delete all of those 'pass it on' messages immediately, most of the time I don't even finish reading the subject line. I've asked all friends and family to not forward any jokes, inspirational messages, chain-letters, dirty pix or videos etc. to me and it is working pretty well. My parents haven't sent me any dirty pictures in yearsicon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 07, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
    Simple answer: People are emotional and compassionate. Pranksters take advantage of it.

    The funny/sad ones I've seen over the years..

    - Kid is dying of cancer. Forward this email to as many people you know to fulfill his dying wish.

    - Dog needs a new home or he will be put down. Please call this number if you want to adopt. Of course the phone number actually belongs to the victim of the prank and receives calls all day/night about adopting the dog.
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    Dec 07, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    As I always state in my reply...."if God wanted me to share, he would have made me a nice person".

    Usually stops the foolish mass emails.icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 07, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
    I can't stand forwarded emails. Cannot stand them. I would rather a million times you send me an email with an empty subject line and "hi" the only thing in the body of it.
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    Dec 07, 2009 3:47 AM GMT
    goodtr8s saidMaybe Jesus sent you the chain letter.


    My friend from speech class is Jesus? Wow! I had better spread the news! icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 07, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
    drypin saidI suspect that, unfortunately, many of the original posters of such "inspirational messages" aren't looking to inspire at all, but merely to evangelize or while away their boredom.


    Most of them have really good messages. The one that I read today was about praying to cure cancer. I am all about praying to cure cancer and will gladly do that, but if a negative connotation is put on that message, doesn't it negate the good that was originally intended?