It's a rhetorical question, I think. Or, maybe not. If I have already decided the answer, does that make it rhetorical. Because here's the answer: absolutely not.
Several months ago, I wrote a post about the wonder juice, Mona Vie. It's a juice made with acai berry and other exotic sounding things that you couldn't possibly grow yourself. You see, you would have to get the magic seeds from the depths of the Brazillian rain forest. Ever wonder why the most healthy things in the world only grow in the far reaches of Brazillian rain forests and Himalayan mountain tops?
Anyway, I analyzed the business plan offered to those wishing to be part of the Mona Vie pyramid. Er, I mean, take advantage of the exciting business opportunity. Looks to me like it is possible to make some money. Of course, I don't wish to view all of my friends and family as sales prospects. So, I guess I wouldn't be successful.
Not surprisingly, the comments were one of two things. Either it was someone telling us all that Mona Vie cured their high blood pressure, insomnia, baldness, made them taller, grew back their amputated leg, etc. The other type of comment was that Mona Vie made them broke, ruined their marraige, caused them to be impotent and friendless. Tragic, really.
So, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it was that same post that instigated my first bit of hate mail. Here's the email that I found in my inbox this morning:
"It seems that before you question the business of Mona Vie that you would at least find out what pv means. Hey, here's a concept why don't you drink it for a month and then make your claims. How long do you have to take vitamins before feeling any difference? Do vitamins help lower your blood pressure because that is what Mona Vie has done for my mother. Don't ruin it for everyone else who can benefit from the nutritional value of Mona Vie."
It was sent from the catering department of a golf course. I wonder if she's slipping some acai berries into the fruit tart. Lucky golfers.