I have an older brother. We’re both adopted, but that’s only part of the story. He’s 2 years older than I am, and I think we had a pretty normal childhood. Though if you listen to his side of it, it was surreal. Almost unbelieveable. And you’d be right, because most of the time, when he tells stories of his childhood (or later in life) there’s very little truth in what he relates.
Unfortunately, I’ve been witness to this for years. And the few times I spoke up to put the truth to his lies, I got shouted down by his followers. I wouldn’t say ‘friends’ necessarily, because most of them are hangers-on, the people that will abandon you when they finally find out the truth for themselves.
I was reminded of this Friday night as my brother was promoting his upcoming concert tour on a fledgling ad hoc radio station (they broadcast one night a week from the rear of a local grocery store). As it turned out he was the guest of a local personality that is a therapist and champion of mental health. Unfortunately, she was completely snowed and wowed by my brother, and he was pretty much given free rein to say whatever he wished, without her even batting an eye over the increasingly outlandish things he was talking about.
It has increasingly boggled my mind over the years how he manages always to get away with stuff. Even when he has run afoul of the law, there’s always been some loophole, some way he’s been able to skate past responsibility. I’d say he was a cat in a previous life, considering how many lives he’s managed to use up to still be out and about, but since I love cats, I can’t be that cruel. Maybe he was a chameleon. That might be a better analogy, I suppose.
Many friends and acquaintances of mine over the years have espoused that karma is eventually going to come to get him, but after seeing and observing him, I don’t think that’s the case. Though if it does, when he goes boom, he’s going to take a lot of people down with him. Not necessarily all worthy ones either. He’s swindled more than a few people over the years as well. But he’s very good at pulling the wool over people’s eyes.
Anyway, I just wanted to put this on pixels. I’m not going to name names, give any clues or anything of that sort. I just needed to get this off my chest. It’s been bothering me.
Thanks for reading.