Here is a sequence of questions I've put together myself. It's only a rough first draft, and I've not had time to actually try it out. (Ok, I just happen to be very shy too.) I invite readers to try out such a sequence of questions on suitable "victims" and report back here what results they get. The idea is to conclude the discourse with the victim enthusiastically taking a copy of the leaflet I put on the www.energyark.net website.[not there yet actually]
Excuse me - May I ask, are you envisaging to be alive in five years time? [Yes]
Then do you have a vision of how the world will have changed in the next five years? [……..]
Perhaps it’s a question you haven’t wondered about much?
So if you are envisaging to be alive in five years time, would you agree that it might be a good idea to join up with some people who have a clue what’s going on in the world?
Would you say that politicians tend to decide things for the long-term, at the expense of the short-term, putting their re-election chances at risk?
Or do you think they tend to decide things for best in the short term, to win the next election and so on, at the expense of the long-term?
If politicians go on choosing the short-term options for years and years and years, and ignoring the long-term needs for years and years and years, would you agree that then the long-term problems will someday build up rather disastrously?
Would you reckon that politicians tell you honestly what is going on?
Or might they just tell you what is most convenient for winning their elections?
Would you say that media journalists tell you honestly what is going on?
Or might they just tell you the things that sell more tv and papers and so on?
Update!: see factual proof at:
So where are you currently getting your information about what is going on?
How do you know how true it is?
Would you agree that it would be best to find some people who actually know what is going on and are willing to tell you?
Do you like to live recklessly? For instance would you go around dodgy areas at night, or gamble most of your money on one bet, or would you leave your house unlocked, do you have insurance?
If politicians knew some really bad news, do you think they would tell you about it honestly?
If media journalists found out some really bad news, do you think they would tell you?
Well, can you imagine that in a few years time you might think back to this moment and remember how I started asking you these questions, and imagine yourself thinking “if only I had listened to what he said”. Or perhaps instead you will be thinking back and remembering this day and thinking “thank god I had such a great stroke of luck there”.
PS: Also I have got an A5 presentation thingy with 20 leafs, in which to put oil-supply graphs and other documents relevant to one's presentation. This makes one's spiel seem less of a personal expertise bragging operation and more like an authoritative competent 'professional' operation. (And also it's easier!)