(网上常见有 “为什么李阳一定会失败 ”之类的贴子 。我是 李阳 的粉丝 ，现在让我来说说 么李阳一定不会失败 。)
I predict that Mr. Li will not only not fail, but will be immortalized in the anal, oops, I mean annals, of history.
Depending on whose statistics you believe, as few as one out of a hundred businesses still survives after the first ten years. Anyone that does will continue to do so for decades, or even centuries. Mr.Li’s business is just about ten years old, with no sign of waning. By all indications, Mr. Li is a shrewd businessman well versed in the art of hype-and-dump, mass-hysteria-manipulation, dream merchandising, more-is-less packaging, recycling-and-repackaging, false-confident building..., all of which are necessary ingredients for successfully promoting a panacea.
Some people pointed out that Mr.Li is not as great a master of English as he professes. His claim of being a "universal translator" has been proven wrong time and again in public. Some of his early "learning materials" are flawed. Yes, perhaps at the beginning they were. But by now Mr. Li has deep pockets; he can well afford real experts to rewrite his materials for him. Besides, beginning learners are beginning learners: they can hardly tell what’s good or bad? No, Mr. Li is in no danger of losing business due to such trivialities.
Mr.Li has confirmed his cult leader status by having people knelled and paid homage to him. Not all cults have their sanctuaries battered down by a tank from the FDA as in the U.S.A. (or worse in some other countries). In the 60s, a long hair and full- bearded man preaching "make love, not war" and feeding the masses with wine turned from water, would have been considered a new age hippie and got arrested for serving alcohol without a permit. However, some cults flourished and became great religions. When Roman Emperor Constantine embraced Christianity in the 4th century A.D. (or C.E. (Common Era) for those who want to remain religious-neutral), Christians no longer have to worry about becoming dim-sum for lions and objects of entertainment in arenas. Overnight, a fringe sect was transformed into a state-sanctioned, main-stream religion.
Likewise, by appointing Mr. Li as the official language trainer for the staff of the 2008 Olympics, the most populated country on Earth has effectively given official recognition of his unique talent. His status legitimized, Mr. Li will, undoubtedly, carve himself an empire and be elevated to the ranks of the immortals. Indeed, as the study of English takes on religious zeal in the Middle Kingdom, where people have shed their Mao jackets in favor of Pierre Cardin’s and Victoria Secret’s, muted their chants of "death to Capitalist-Imperialists" for screams of "Mammon, Mammon", and traded the "Little Red Book" for the "Gospel of L. G. Alexander", Mr.Li’s deification is not a matter of "if" but "when."
The famous American showman, P.T. Barum, purported to have said, "There is a sucker born every minute." That was at the end of the 19th century when the world population stood at around 1.5 billion, roughly that of China today. Assuming Barum was correct, there should now be one sucker born every minute in China alone. Translate that to one year, and you have over 500,000 suckers born every year in China that will one day grow to school age. Most of them will be there to line Mr.Li’s pocket eagerly with their hard-earned dollars. So how can Mr. Li fail? There is a virtual endless stream of customers for him.
One dark cloud remains in the horizon. For the last two thousand years, two competing religions that stemmed from the same root have been at each other’s throats: The Judo-Christian faiths and Islam, with no clear winner in sight. Alone the way, they wreaked a path of destruction across the globe. Which of the two new language sects, C.E. headed by L.Y., or N.O.S. with Mr.Yu at the helm, will emerge victorious as the new Messiah for the millions of Chinese under the yoke of language enslavement? Will money be a stronger incentive than religious fervor, and that, under the banner of "harmony", the two will cooperate instead of waging a dragged out, last man standing war for supremacy? I am glad I am an old man who will not likely to be around no matter what happens. Amen.
For those who say that I forgot to mention pedagogical superiority as a fourth point, I say to them, "Pardon me? What’s that?" Don’t you know by now that "English" is a great money making concept?
Let’s not be too negative. The business of English has helped increase the GDP of China. Can you imagine what would happen if the Chinese government suddenly declares English education and exams no longer compulsory, that foreign businessmen would have to start using Chinese for negotiating trade in China, and that Chinese exports would have only Chinese labels and instructions? The whole "English industry" would collapse overnight. The subsequent domino effect would cripple the Chinese economy. China would spiral into a recession or even a depression. So making money out of English is good for you, me, the country and the world!
In closing, let’s give three cheers to China’s new generation of capitalist-opportunists. Hip, hip, Hooray! Hip, hip, Hooray. Hip, hip; hooray!
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