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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Pretentious narcissistic misanthrope vents his spleen at the world in an act of barely disguised self loathing

I had wanted to call this blog Pretentious narcissistic misanthrope vents his spleen at the world in an act of barely disguised self loathing. But blogspot wouldnt allow it to be that long.

Not sure what i plan on putting in here... I dont want it to just be rants... and the title isnt meant to be serious.

I just finished reading a book called Why ME. It is an "inspirational" tale about the auther Alex Howard healing himself of ME. Yes that is a pun in title... thankfully in the next 180 pages the author doesnt attempt another joke, i think all his creative energies were used up on the title.
I almost stopped reading half way through the first chapter as the author attempted to convay his feeling by drowning his sentecnces in endless streams of adverbs. He also felt the need to constatly repeat the same point using different words. I would have stopped reading if not for the fact that i have CFS/ME and would gladly walk through hell to recover, so i contiued....
The auther spends severall chapters explaining what its like to live with ME, in a word horrible. There you go ive just saved you all reading 50 odd pages.

When it gets to the point of author actaully recovering from the illness, we are treated to the delightfull little sentence "I relised that i had chosen to get ME before i was born so as to learn an important life lession in this life". Aside from the issue of whether or not this is true(Its not, if your not born yet what possible basis can you have for making judgements(This womb is warm i think ill develope ME 16 years from now?)) the author makes no aknoweldgement of the fact that many people would regard such a statement as evidence that you are certifiable. He makes no attempt to justify it or say, some of you may think that sounds a bit mad. He just says it and moves on as if that is a completely natural thing to say. I came to the conculsion that i had probably chosen to get ME before so i would eventually read his book and hate him.

The main treatments that the guy recommendes are NLP and Lightning therapy i have heard of other people who did well on these treatments so if you want to recover from ME then try them out, do not read this book, and whatever you do dont recover from ME to become a smug self satisfied "healer" lacking any self-awearnce.

But the most shocking thing of all was to come after i finished the main text. at the end of the book is a page where the auther lists some of the books and movies that helped him... In horrer i gazed down the list of movies to find..... Patch Adams! yes this is a movie that Alex howard regardes as "inspirational". Patch Adams is the most excruatingly trite sentimental mess of a movie i have ever seen. It also inculdes a seen where Patch, expertaly portrayed by an ritalin loaded Robin Williams, is standing on a cliff preparing to commit suicide(oh how i cheered dear reader) when he saw a butterfly.... started laughing... and realised that life was worth living because there was a butterfly.....

What more can i say?


Blogger Bazza said...

Well Cornealius, maybe it's a case of 'whatever gets you through the night'. What works for some won't for others.Clearly you are a very individualistic personality and writing can only be good therapy. Please keep this blog going because it is riveting to read.
I did find some of Alex Howard's book to read on-line. Erm...I see what you mean. Good luck with the blog.

5:00 PM  
Blogger L>T said...

I say you wasted your time reading that book. I goggled CSF/ME I'd never heard of it before. Sounds bad though.
It doesn't seem to affect your wit & scaracasm.

"and whatever you do dont recover from ME to become a smug self satisfied "healer" lacking any self-awearnce."

this made me laugh because my husband has had Non-Hodgkins Lympomha for over 25 years & we have run into all kinds with the 'savior complex'everyone has a friend of a friend that went to mexico & was healed, or drank a lot of some nasty herb concoction(cure of the month)Or some one wants you to read a book(like the one you mentioned).

hang in there.
Very entertaining post BTW.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Cornealius said...

Yes given the number of healers that live in India and the masses of holistic aternative therapy its amazing that the life expectancy is only 60 years, curious.

9:44 AM  

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