The debate "It is wrong to earn good money exclusively by lying to people and convincing them it is true" was started by
May 22, 2015, 7:32 pm.
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I_Voyager posted 1 argument, Damn3d posted 1 argument, PsychDave posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
I_Voyager, Damn3d, soullesschicken, PsychDave, evamara, danval130, jedty, R3dD0g and 3 visitors agree.
sdiop, Ashna disagree.
I know several people who believe in alternative medicines and new age ideas like you describe. They recommend them to their friends and family because they honestly believe that their loved ones could benefit from these things. If they were to sell them, I would not consider that a scam because they are honestly trying to help people.
From looking at Mary's website, that is not the case for her. She is charging exorbitant amounts with no justification for what benefit people will receive. She carefully phrases things on her website to avoid promising any kind of positive result ("many people find... "" it is believed to... "" your business can/could... ") thus protecting her from lawsuits. She is a modern snake oil saleswoman who knows she is scamming people, but will keep doing it as long as she can get away with it.
I want to call it a scam. That is essentially what she is doing. However, I don't know if i can call it as such if she preforms the labor she is hired to do .
If she really, truly believes in what she does, then fair enough.
But chances are, she knows it doesn't work, and is trying to make a quick buck off the ignorant. She isn't the first to do this, lots of goods and services are advertised as such, think of every infomercial since Shamwow, and how those companies prey off the ignorant.
As the saying goes, a fool and his money are soon parted - while this may be true, it doesn't make the business ethical. It cannot be ethical because it is deceit, but that is often how business works.
I just ran into an instance of this,
A woman named Mary Lambert A) writes books about, B) consults upon and C) teaches about how the use of crystals, feng shui and similar such thin can change your life. This in of itself is not bad, but just in the case of her consultations for feng shui, she requires between $200 and $800 CAD depending on how large your house is (with a special category for businesses). And for her "decluttering" specialty, she requests $60 per hour, with a minimum of 3 hours. Which is also in of itself not bad, if she was honest and educated, which I am dubious of.
As for the competence of her views, she recommends her readers purify their computers by using malachite crystals to "draw" a circle around the computer to ward off computer viruses, and to purify the area of electromagnetic pollutants. Which is clearly trying to pray on those ignorant as to how computer viruses work, to convince them of the value of her opinions and to convince people to give her ass-loads of money to tell them where to put there stuff in order to feel happier, or otherwise how to organize your space.
And I'd like to explore this instance to ask the stated question.
So... Is this morally wrong or acceptable? In general and/or in this instance?