Background: I’ve been friends with one woman for a long time. This woman is really one of the smartest people I know regarding a lot of things (she’s got an excellent business sense, is great at reading people, good at evaluating situations, practical things like that). When it comes to other things, particularly regarding health and the body…not so much.
So one night we were talking about Scientology and its various beliefs/teachings, like mistrust of psychiatry. She says that, while she disagrees with their methods, she thinks that Scientologists “are kind of right about that stuff”.
She goes on to say that most of the pharmacology industry is a big scam, and how pills either don’t make a difference or end up making people’s problems worse. Well, that’s a little weird, but plenty of people are weird about the idea of pills. That wasn’t the crazy thing. She goes on to say…
“I think that people can solve their problems if they really want to.”
:dubious: She can’t be saying what I think she’s saying, can she?
I prod her a little bit. “So…people who have depression and schizophrenia can cure themselves…if they really want to.”
“All that stuff is in people’s heads. Those people could get better if they really tried hard.”
:eek: I keep going. “So what about people with high blood pressure, and asthma, and cancer? Can they cure themselves too?”
Lo and behold, she says yes. “Those people can help themselves if they want to. People have that power within themselves, if they want to use it. It just depends how badly you want it.”
I honestly can’t believe that this is coming from the mouth of an otherwise sensible, sane person. I tell her that’s insulting to…just about everyone.
Then she gets angry at me. Oh yes. “Well, it’s true. If you don’t believe it, you’re just blind.”
Truly one of the weirder conversations I’ve ever had.