Monday, March 12, 2007
There's no secret in "The Secret"
This is the latest buzz among people who want guaranteed success in life.
"The Secret" is a rehashed book about the power of positive thinking that has been around for ages. Norman Vincent Peale and many others have written self-books on this concept.
The publisher Rhonda Byrne tells us that in 'The Secret' we can learn how to use every aspect of our life—money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction there is in the world.
A some what emotional critique of this book points out some very pertinent facts.
The Secret is defined as the law of attraction, which states that like attracts like. The concept says that the energy you put into the world—both good and bad—is exactly what comes back to you. This means you create the circumstances of your life with the choices you make every day.
Does this work in every aspect of our life? If a ntural disaster were to happen, did the person who suffered will it to happen? It is wrong to suggest that it is the case. It is equally wrong to suggest that anyone can do anything if the person thinks, feels and takes action.
What is possible and what is achievable would be the goal a person has thought about and passionately takes action to attain it.
Hence from this book that is promoted as a self-help gospel, we should take what is workable for us and forget about the rest.