The Secret: The Law of Attraction

There is a movie called “The Secret”, and it’s about the secret of getting the things you want. A book of the same name, based on the movie, was once featured on Oprah, and overall this idea, “the secret”, is probably one of the most marketed ideas in recent history.

As much as I liked the idea, I thought both the book and movie presented the ideas in too preachy a manner. Reading the book and watching the movie I felt like I was attending a religious gathering as a non-believer.

The “secret” that the book talks about is really just what was known as “the law of attraction”, that you get what you think about most of the time.

There are two things in particular that annoy me tremendously.

The first has to do with the “law of attraction” statement that sounds like it came out of some church: “The law of attraction does not care if you believe or not — like the law of gravity, it’s always there whether or not you believe it’s there.”

Well, if you substituted the “law of attraction” with God…

The other thing that annoyed me somewhat was this statement: “If you focus on the things that you don’t like, they’ll manifest. Instead, focus on the things you like. For example, if you are anti-war, be pro-peace. If you’re anti-hunger, be pro-people-having-enough-to-eat. And if you’re anti-one-politician, be pro-his-opponent.”

If that’s the case, the combined power of countless passengers on commercial flights hoping against the plane not crashing down (and not hoping that it flies without incident) should make commercial flights inviable. But it doesn’t.

Still, overall, I suppose those who don’t really believe don’t really need to, and those that do, will.

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