I’ve been reading a fair bit about this book hyped by Oprah Winfrey called “The Secret”, I had never heard of it until Dave said something about it in and IM of ours. He, in fact, has a post up about it right now. I agree with much of what he says.
Here is what Rhonda Buymystuff, the author of “The Secret” says:
Rhonda defines The Secret as the law of attraction, which is the principle that “like attracts like.” Rhonda calls it “the most powerful law in the universe,” and says it is working all the time. “What we do is we attract into our lives the things we want, and that is based on what we’re thinking and feeling,” Rhonda says. The principle explains that we create our own circumstances by the choices we make in life. And the choices we make are fueled by our thoughts—which means our thoughts are the most powerful things we have here on earth.
She says she discovered this after her dad died of cancer. She needs to watch what what she thinks. I hate that she did that to her old man. Or did he do it to himself? Either way, somebody needs to find a happier mentality, that is for sure.
I admire many things about Oprah Winfrey. I admire her continued fight against the sexual abuse of children. But according to her new philosophy, they must be inviting on themselves. “Like attracts like”, right? She herself could’ve avoided the abuse if only she had been thinking less promiscuous thoughts, I guess.
Seriously, this kind of idiocy can only be believed by two groups or people. The insane and the filthy rich. And they can believe it because, in their own private Idahos, it is true.
If a crazy person wants a different reality, all he has to do is think it and Voila!, there it is. If he decides that the sidewalk is actually a beach, so be it. Why not, he’s crazy.
Billionaires are much the same way. If Oprah wants something, all it takes is a thought and some portion of her cash and there it is. Does she think all those statues in the garden are real people that chat with her on her evening strolls? They can be, if she wants to write the check. Does she want that sidewalk to be a beach? It can be.
Positive thoughts are a great thing. And they surely have a nice spot in life. But without positive actions, they are truly meaningless. If wishes were horses and all that.
Here is my “secret” to a good life: Do something good today and some good will get done today.
Now how do I stretch that out to about 150 pages and make a gazillion dollars off of it? Let me think about it.