A Parable of Suffering
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After the first week there was no real change. Dr. Wolfe, on page 13, indicated that this was normal and so O’Baton pressed on. Months went by and O’Baton began to feel worse, not better. His back began to ache all hours of the day. He had less energy than he had ever experienced before. To make matters worse, many in his family were experiencing similar symptoms. Dr. Wolfe, on page 47, said this was normal. It was the result of not being diligent enough. O’Baton believed it was his own fault he was doing so poorly. He could get better only by a more rigorous application of Dr. Wolfe’s book.
After a year, O’Baton found himself in a state of constant, excruciating pain. His son, whose health had also degraded, had had enough and stopped following Dr. Wolfe. O’Baton was terrified by this. He was afraid that his son would discourage other members of his family. He was afraid that all he and his family had endured would be for nothing. He didn’t want to quit when he might be so close. Dr. Wolfe, on page 167, agitated O’Baton’s discomfort and fear with threats of failing health and even death to those who quit following his book.
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O’Baton’s son got better. O’Baton got worse. He decided to quit using the book. By this time he couldn’t remember what it was like to live without pain. He was sick, exhausted, depressed and frightened. He was also becoming angry. He wrote a letter to Dr. Wolfe and told his story. Dr. Wolfe responded with a form letter. It indicated that anyone not experiencing success with Dr. Wolfe’s book was not following it correctly. O’Baton wrote again. Dr. Wolfe sent him a coupon for a discount on any further purchases of the book and expressed more than a little rage against those not finding health.
Three weeks after quitting Dr. Wolfe’s regimen, O’Baton started to feel a little better. He went to see a doctor. He was still in much pain. The doctor was appalled at what O’Baton had done to himself. O’Baton was embarrassed and ashamed. He had followed a sham.
One morning O’Baton noticed Dr. Wolfe’s book on Amazon. He also noticed that he could leave a review. He was still suffering the horrible results of following Dr. Wolfe. He thought to himself, “Maybe I can warn others to stay away from this book. Maybe I can spare someone else the pain I’ve endured and am still enduring.” He left a review telling his story and warning consumers. It was the only review.
A month later O’Baton returned to Amazon and noticed several new reviews. All of the reviews were glowing. It looked as if Dr. Wolfe and friends were leaving disingenuous reviews. O’Baton’s lone negative review was difficult to find. He was horrified by this new state of affairs. His warning would not be seen. Others would be trapped by Dr. Wolfe’s harmful exercises and diet. Others would find their bodies wracked with pain. O’Baton started writing more reviews. Soon, others injured by Dr. Wolfe added reviews as well. For every negative review posted, however, hundreds of positive reviews would be posted as well. Dr. Wolfe knew how to hide the truth. Then, for reasons no one really can explain, the negative reviews started to disappear altogether. O’Baton was determined to speak out. He started a blog.
Dr. Wolfe wasn’t happy. He sued O’Baton for ten thousand talents.
Many visitors to the blog found solace there. They found a place where they could tell their stories and comfort one another. Many suffered permanent physical damage from following Dr. Wolfe, but still found comfort in knowing they weren’t alone. Other visitors, however, blamed O’Baton for all of his problems. They criticized O’Baton for not letting go of the ills suffered under Dr. Wolfe. They criticized him for being so critical. They criticized him for leaving negative reviews. They criticized him for starting a blog. They didn’t seem to notice or care about the suffering of many who had religiously followed Dr. Wolfe’s Way to Vitality.
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