Dingbat / jackass, Deepak Chopra took responsibility for Sunday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Baja, Mexico. That’s right. He said, on Twitter of course, “Had a powerful meditation just now — caused an earthquake in Southern California. Was meditating on Shiva mantra & earth began to shake. Sorry about that.”
Well, that didn’t happen. I’m guessing / hoping that what he said was tongue in cheek, but even if it was, the faux-Jedi-master was probably taken at his word by a good portion of his silly flock. Don’t believe me? Look at the @ replies to Chopra’s Twitter account. People are actually amused by his “connection to and with the earthquake”. I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Chopra is just lucky that the earthquake happened in an area better prepared for it than Haiti. I wonder if his crowd of semi-informed readers who can’t wait to give him more money for snake oil would have been laughing and fawning under those circumstances.
As it stands, the quake caused multiple deaths, the destruction of homes and schools, and thousands of Mexican citizens being left without electricity.
Maybe, since Chopra believes in his methods so strongly, and since he obviously must be the expert, he should spend each day meditating on having no earthquakes. While he’s at it maybe he can manifest some peace in the Middle East, the end of oppression, a cure to world disease and hunger, and a time machine too.
You know, because Deepak can influence the world around him through quantum mechanics. Oh, no wait, he can’t. Because while thousands (millions?) of “positive thinkers” love to pretend that there’s some sort of science behind Chopra’s ideas, The Secret, etc… the community of theoretical physicists doesn’t seem to agree. And unfortunately, Chopra doesn’t either.
Though he passes it off to his readers as a factual relationship between the mind and the world outside, he has no problem admitting that it’s a metaphor. Sounds sort of like Bible apologists actually. If you don’t believe me, take five minutes and watch Richard Dawkins make him look ridiculous face to face. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdcB7FIrXXI
If you need more, watch his attempt at “debate” with Sam Harris from a couple of weeks ago.
Chopra, like most motivational speakers and writers, creates the greatest success for himself. It doesn’t really matter what he says, it only matters how it’s received. He’s made millions upon millions of dollars by deliberately misleading his readers. Even those who will go to the grave believing that his methods worked for them aren’t proof that the methods are true, any more than a person living a full and satisfying life as a practicing Christian proves that people can turn water into wine.
People want to believe that they can make their lives better by thinking (feeling? praying?) hard enough, but that just isn’t how it works.
And how ridiculous is it that this grand message of the influence of “consciousness” was relayed via Twitter?
Couldn’t he have just mentally implanted this message in the mind of his people by making it so?