If late night television advertisements are to believe, a pill (specially designed and selected for me) will solve every problem in my life. Even if the problem is a mere worry, there is a solution waiting! If I order now, they will double or even triple the size of my order. They are ready. Everything is waiting. Happiness, satisfaction, and great relationships will come when I accept help.
How did they know?
Life is never as simple as it is according to these advertisements. Relationships pivot on my physical prowess, not communication. Weight stays under control with little effort on my part; sweat is not required. Even my sleep, happiness, and baldness can be solved with the addition of a tablet.
Their propositions are backed with smiling testimonials. Lives have been changed! My can be as well. Lives are better. This could be mine. They made the choice. The invitation is here.
I have never met an individual behind a testimony. Maybe it is real. Maybe her/his life has changed for the better. Maybe s/he believes. On further thought, maybe not.
There is a reality hiding behind these claims. A business owner’s quote from another time fits the situation; “Not only is our little business in danger of falling apart, but the temple of our famous goddess Artemis will certainly end up a pile of rubble as her glorious reputation fades to nothing. And this is no mere local matter—the whole world worships our Artemis!” (Acts 19.27)
I have never purchased a late night advertised product. Even though I recognize more problems than I care to admit, somehow the testimonies, facts, and figures have not been enough. Candidly, I do not believe. I am tired of their claims. I am sick of the way the volume seems to jump when their tape runs. I am not interested.
I know someone is buying otherwise how why would they continue? I wonder. Do these advertisements make sense? Do we really have to have them? Maybe we should boycott the products. Good idea, however, I am already doing that.