Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

Strange obsession

On Air America a group called "MottoCitizens" advertises. They advertise "contemplative education" for "world citizens" and advocate peace. Certainly lofty. Their spokesperson and spiritual leader, the writer and reader of their sets of instructional and contemplative tapes, is named Gola Wolf Richards. He looks, from his picture on their web site (mottocitizens.com) Asian, and has an appropriately bald head. One could see him sitting lotus-fashion and teaching Buddhism.

But instead he speaks on these commercials in oddly-passive-voice sentences in a voice that sounds ultra-cultured, almost to the point of sounding like a parody. In fact, when I first heard commercials for a cruise ship that offers high-class voyages, the upper-class voice reminded me of Richards', and the first time I heard one of Richards' commercials I thought it was a joke. In the background was some sort of folk peace song, and here was this guy speaking in tones dripping with authority, speaking strangely of contemplative education. So far, the commercials have been messages to President Bush. Convoluted sentences that say, if you translate them, that Bush is acting in an arrogant fashion and should stop having wars.

That voice. Richards' voice. I hear it in my head at the oddest times of day. It has a strange effect on me. I find myself wondering if perhaps Mr. Peace goes home to a bevy of (probably female) slaves and orders them around. His voice says he does. Something inside me is reacting to his voice in a deeply sexual way.

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