Over the last week, I was scrolling through Facebook looking at all the pictures and posts, and then I stopped on a picture of Kathy Griffin holding an effigy of the head of the US President. My first thought was “What in the hell!” my second thought was “Bad joke in really poor taste if that is what she was truly aiming for.” As the days followed, I watched an entertainer refuse to take personal responsibility for her decision.
Then it hit me that she was simply attempting to profit off the moment of madness the country is going through. She was riding the wave of pissed off women in the country, and she continued with that play when she shed tears and blamed her long-term acquaintance Trump for her moment of madness.
This entertainer found the vulnerability in the passionate sector of society and decided to take advantage of that passion in a self-promoting way.
This is the perfect example of a Spiritual Lurker. They wait until people are all wound up in a frenzy of anger, fear, or pain, and they step up to take advantage of the situation. They lurk on the edge of groups then pounce in hopes of propelling their agenda forward. Some might call them opportunists, but I think opportunists are positive and don’t come from a place of manipulation.
I was once on the receiving end of a Spiritual Lurker. After the bombing in OKC, I started writing papers about the positive impact of music on the people recovering from the bombing. I got targeted by a news program that promoted “positive news” for a better world. The organization sounded like it was in total alignment with me and what I wanted the world, so I agreed to be interviewed about my work for their newscast. When they showed up, everything was going great until they asked me to cry on cue for the camera. They also wanted to know if I might have some private photos of my clients before their injuries because it would make them “seem more human.”
I put an immediate halt to the interview and refused to work with the newsgroup. It did not matter. The newsgroup went forward with the story anyway. The only difference was that I was not included in the story -fine by me. I have a strong suspicion that they broke into some of the homes of my clients to steal their family photo albums because those pictures showed up on the news report.
Their complete and total intent was to manipulate the emotions of the viewer without regard for the people in their story. They wanted the sensationalism of being connected to the tragedy of the bombing no matter what the cost. What they were promoting was not positive news, but stories about the suffering of people.
The longer a Spiritual Lurker can play the audience the more soul distrust they create between the public “they are helping” and the people actually trying to help make the world a better place.
I am afraid Ms. Griffin’s actions have opened a way for more entertainers to play on the vulnerabilities of an already agitated public. I predict we will see a chain of people “making a statement” about their madness.
Be strong and step out of the Spiritual Lurker’s game. Take charge of your feelings and constantly ask yourself –
Until Next time- Best of Blessings,