MarioCohen Date: 9/4/00 10:02 PM Number: 36530------------------------------------------------------<<Can someone please explain in simple English what is worth thousands of posts and a really long FAQ for such a simple idea.>>Well, I'll try, although some may view it differently.THE MOTLEY FOOL INVESTMENT GUIDE, which I still believe to be the best first two parts of any investment guide ever published, introduced the Foolish Four in print.The Foolish Four, which seemed so grand when discovered and which has gone through several revisions or "tweakings", was apparently discovered by the great Ann Coleman and was greeted with great enthusiasm and hope by many who, in hindsight, perhaps ought to have known better, including yours truly.An incredible amount of time and energy was spent, and I do not say wasted, in the study of the Foolish Four and the FAQ can lead one to a number of those studies. The FAQ is worth reading, not only for historical purposes, but because it also contains references to a great deal of valuable information and insight which can be usefully applied elsewhere.Unhappily, as so often is the case, if it seems too good to be true, maybe it is, and, in this instance, apparently it was. We finally learned enough to realize that the Foolish Four was not all that it was cracked up to be, to the great disappointment of many, some of whom refuse to face facts, grasp reality, or give up the dream and therefore we now have the Great Controversy because there are still those who apparently believe and act as if the world were still flat and think that additional studies of more detailed data will enable them to prove that the world is still flat as their senses seem to still tell them."Well, it sure still looks flat from where I am standing!"Originally somewhat misunderstood, the Foolish Four has been grossly misapplied by being recommended as the sole stockholding for both newcomers and for the retired, hovever today the only ones still following such practices or making such recommendations are primarily TMF, Fools, fools, the foolish, the fanatic, the ignorant, the myopic, the emotionally-blinded, the overly-enthusiastic, the blindly over-confident, the selectively impatient, the totally unaware, the confused, the clueless, the careless, the overly-defensive, the overly-dependent, and those obsessed with only a one-idea dream. Of course, there may be a few of the Wise and a number of total idiots and absolute morons as well.For a rational alternative, please go to and view Posts #36490, #37265, and #13944 on this board.Sincerely,DHatch
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