This is John D. Rockafellar. He’s this super rich guy from the dark ages of American History.
He’s a self made millionaire. But before he was rich he had to make a living, so he pretended that he was deaf and dumb so he could sell stuff the Indians. He did this because he heard the Indians revered the deaf and dumb and thought they had magical powers. It worked for him, but let me tell you, not all people fall for this trick. I should know, I tried it once. And let me tell you, I won’t do that again.
When I was 18 years old I was sitting in a public library in Dallas, Texas. I was sitting at a table all by myself, reading a book and this guy comes up to me and started talking to me.
Okay, that’s a normal thing, you might think, since Texans are generally friendly, but this was not a normal situation and you must learn a few details. I was about 19 years old and had somehow gotten mixed up with a crazy guy already who was in a cult. And therefore I was in a cult. And this was why I was wearing strange clothing. I was wearing what looked like an old fashioned Russian peasant dress complete with the headcovering. I was also wearing combat boots, because that’s the sort of shoe I liked to wear in those days.
I know, now, about the law of attraction…you attract people who are like yourself. And therefore, at this point of my life, I was completely surrounded by lunatics.
So there I was, sitting at the table when this middle aged man with a neatly groomed beard sits down across the table from me and tries to strike up a conversation with me.
When you are alone, and a crazy person approaches you, the thing to do, is stay focused on what you are doing and pretend that the person does not exist. When I was 19 years old, I did not know this. I motioned with my hand and explained without talking that I was deaf. And for some bazaar reason, this man did not believe me. And not only did he not believe me, he was bound and determined to prove that I was lying about it.
He sat there for ten minutes straight saying over and over again things like..”She’s completely deaf. She can’t hear a single thing…nope not a word.” Do you have any idea how hard it is to keep a straight face in a time like this. It was horrible. My face muscles were about to explode. So I stood up, grabbed my things and marched out of the library, and that man followed me through the library, and out the door. I almost ran into the guy as I drove off because he was trying to stop me from leaving. I think that guy was some loonie and he was after me. I’m lucky he didn’t get in his car and try to follow me.