Whatever dreams one may have, there is someone who is selling the keys to their hearts desire; for the right price. Offers to turn a fantasy into a new reality is so seductive that any sense of logic one possess will rapidly evaporate. Reaching for a dream is something everyone does, but being able to achieve it is another matter entirely. Access to various levers of power helps tremendously and the less advantaged will have a harder time reaching their desired goals. For those who have a harder time reaching a goal will have to spot and navigate through anyone who is a true confidence man: who has plenty of experience cajoling and targeting those who seek pleasure.
Knowing that other people have access to a better standard of living and believing one deserves better makes one susceptible to the tricks of a certified huckster. Watcher other people flaunt their likely self-inflated status creates envy for the downtrodden onlooker, which will turn self-destructive if left unchecked. Desperation fills the mind with a green, thick and blinding cloud that subconsciously puts them into the rat race without realizing they signed up for the deal. Whether the modus operandi are escapism or an attempt to match a certain status, reaching that goal becomes an obsession that consumes every aspect of one’s life to the detriment of everything else. In the unfortunate event that a con man arrives on the scene, they will have to do little prodding to get into the door of the mind of a potential target because the door was left wide open for all to see and walk in.
Fantasy becomes indistinguishable from reality when real life becomes a wasteland of broken dreams and goals that were once thought to be easily attainable. Going beyond symbolic representations of status by trying to get something substantive is understandable, but the process of getting there is where problems start to set in. Making decisions while in a mental stupor will pile on regret after regret. Constant competition is a major cause of this scenario coming about because the slices of the pie are getting slimmer by the moment. When someone is feeling angst over their situation they seek facile solutions to relieve the pain which could be a bargain with the devil. By offering an upgrade in status, the con man can have anyone wrapped around their finger.
Having goals and dreams about enjoying the pleasures that everyone appears to have is universal, but the road down that path is often filled with potholes. Seeking any kind of mental salve is dangerous because not every product being offered is a safe solution to a deteriorating mental condition. Seeing society through a green lens is infuriating and blinds people when the con man makes an offer. Accepting an offer from the con man will lead to emotional stagnation at best and falling down a spiral staircase at worse. Avoiding this dilemma is difficult and alleviating the pain associated with a low status may require more pain in order to get better which is incredibly counterintuitive. The best defense against the con man involves not only recognizing the signs when one approaches, but recognizes one’s vulnerabilities.