I don’t believe in psychics because my narcissistic family on my mother’s side believes in psychic power very much. They often speak of their belief in certain psychic readings, or this or that child being predestined for greatness or villainy, or certain inexplicable sign bearing omens for future events. And they speak of it with such a serious tone that I can only feel despair.
Why would they believe in such a thing? I mean if they can just shed their narcissistic traits, they can live a much happier life. And better still, people around them can live a much happier life. This is a sure way to make the world a better place. They don’t need psychic readings to predict their future; I can predict their future–if they continue to think and behave like a narcissist, the only future they will have is misery. Of course my very sane idea will never be accepted, and my very defiance of my relatives can only be considered as betrayal and ingratitude.
Actually, when my narcissistic family is not involved, I don’t even have an opinion about psychics or psychic power. Probably it is just an illusion. So…it is adding one more illusion on the pile of illusions we already have for our life. And it is probably the most entertaining and the least harmful of all illusions. Who knows?
I once watched a documentary about psychics. It is said that psychics can hardly make a living by offering psychic readings with crystal balls, tarot cards, tea leaves, feng shui, or whatever illusion-generating tools the general public accepts. People are willing to pay some money to be told of their future, but they are not willing to pay big bucks. Also fortune telling is a one time thing, and it is not likely to generate repeat customers. It makes sense. However, one of the things that can really let psychics make some money is to connect people with their dead relatives. People are willing to pay the money, and people are willing to come back for more.
And it is said that recently artificial intelligence in Korea or in Japan (I can’t remember which) has enabled technology companies to create realistic 3-D hologram images from the pictures of a dead relative. And the 3-D image can move, can talk, can converse with people, can make gestures, can have facial expressions, just like a real living breathing human being. And this 3-D image can learn to be better and can adjust its behavior according to the input given by the relatives. And each one-hour meeting with this AI relative costs more than $1000.
I said to myself who would be stupid enough to pay this kind of money for an hour of … nothing. But then I thought probably…we would. It’s “the little toil of love” that we have to “judge tenderly”, as the poem would say.