Walk on Hot Coals…Are You Nuts?

What would it take for you to walk across ten feet, or three meters, of red hot coals?  Would you do it even if you were not a Fakir with a half-inch of callous on the soles of your feet?  Would you do it if you never go barefoot and your feet are as tender as they were the day you were born?  Best yet, would you do it for Tony the Giant, a self-taught self-help guru?

I don’t think I would even if I were a devoted follower for I don’t believe that there is any way that a positive mental outlook can prevent tender organic material from burning.  I’m nearly certain that the twenty one people hospitalized for second- and third-degree burns following Tony Robbins’ recent coal walking venture in San Jose, California will not do it again. According to Robbins’ organization, they’ve held many such events without permanent injury, so what I want to know is what was different this time, and why was anyone spared burns in the past?

It looks like the help these participants need isn’t “self-help” — instead, they need help from trained medical professionals.


Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.