<Quote> I bet if those letters asked people to compose a 10 page essay about why they feel they deserve to find true love, and then get their essay published in a major newspaper, and then buy 1000 copies of the paper and send them to 1000 random people, there'd be FAR fewer takers.<unQuote>
But I bet u do still get a lot of takers,
I reckon you hit that one right on the head of the nail in your first sentence,<Quote>False hope, whether it is offered by religion, philosophy, or a simple chain letter, is a very powerful motivator. It works by offering people something which they deeply want (such as "true love" in your e-mail example), and then saying that if they do something simple (like forward a message to 10 ppl, or embrace jesus, or whatever) and entirely unrelated to the thing which they get as a reward, they will have everything they ever wanted fall into their lap.<unquote>
I would have to add that it is Peoples own in-ablility to believe in themselves and there own ability's,That make them seek enhancement by including them selves in this kind of stuff.Similar to the Tarot and such like.
This card means
,sorry bit of a cynical git when it comes down to that stuff.
Oh well each to there own and if they get enjoyment/self worth from it ,then who am I to say anything.
As long as there happy thats the main thing.