The Secret is a book and accompanying Tv….docudrama? Was produced way back in 2006. The Secret was followed by “The Power” and then “The Magic” because fuck grammar. Then 2009 there was a Teenage version of “The Secret” called “The Secret: Teen Power. Most worrying of all a children’s book version of the secret called “The Power of Henry’s imagination” severely let me down by not being a book adaption of that twilight zone episode where the kid can make anything he wills come true.
And I read the Secret so you don’t have too.
The Secret was written by Australian author and TV producer Rhonda Byrne who is essentially Ayn Rand without the accountability or interesting sex life.
The Secret within the Secret is that the universe isn’t a cold unfeeling collection of atoms gasses and base elements. It’s a thinking feeling being, a gestalt entity that wants you to be happy. And to this end it will give you whatever you want. If you are putting out “negative thoughts” then the universe will believe that’s what you want and misfortune will come your way, the universe doesn’t judge, maybe you’re a masochist? What you do in your own time is your business. The universe is down Yo!
(Hands up who chooses their thoughts here? Anyone?)
But if you put out good vibes. Then the universe steps up and sends you money and kittens*
I’ve been talking to some people who are into the secret. I must say I love it when people say “If you don’t believe in it then nothing I say will convince you” it’s like the old “If you give your mind over and believe what I’m saying then you will see what I am saying is the truth”…………. well duh!
Sure! let me just ignore all the troubling, impossible and tenuous things that your philosophy has. That way I can also believe in basically anything. This line of argument that says to me “I don’t have any facts, evidence or even believable anecdotes to support my position”.
How about you just trying being more sceptical and see things my way? Then you’ll agree with me right?
The problems with the secret are many but I think the main one is complete and utter lack of evidence. There is no evidence that just wishing for things make them come to you. In fact there’s a wealth of evidence to the contrary. It’s human nature for people to wish for things that they don’t have. In some cases they then work towards them, in others events conspire for them to have that thing they wished for. This is just the nature of life, no universal intervention is necessary. Nearly 100% of people wished they had more money than they do. Therefore nearly 100% of people who win the lottery have wished for money. But surely if the secret worked then nearly 100% of people would have won the lottery. Wait…they haven’t!!? Sadly the rest of us regress towards the mean unimpeded.
It’s also troubling that the people who benefit from this wishing the most, even anecdotally are white people who live in first world countries, seems a little odd actually. Is the universe racist? You’d think not, what with it being mostly black.
The Secret is incredibly selfish as a philosophy. It’s all about me. I can wish myself a better life Whoot! It’s all about what the universe can hand me and the effort I don’t have to put in. Which is why it’s such a seductive idea. It’s a quick, simple, easy fix that anyone can do. What about the world? What about the people who are less fortunate than me? What did they do wrong? Can I wish for them? Sorry the philosophy would say not. It’s all me, me, me with you people isn’t it?
It’s also victim blaming; someone was raped? Their thoughts attracted it. Someone was murdered? It was what they wanted. The universe just did their bidding. A child dies…well…who then do we blame the child or the parents? At what age do you get to wish for yourself? It’s a tough one but in reading the Secret I think the blame should go squarely on the parents. Clearly, they didn’t love the child enough.
What happens when there are competing desires? Like in war? I want to survive but my enemy counterpart really wants me dead, similarly I want them dead. Who wins? Is it then just a wishing contest?
Imagine you go and read The Secret, but good things do not come to you as was promised. But you believe! Then whose fault is it? Not the secrets….it must be yours, you must secretly desire all the terrible things that happen to you. Maybe you don’t really believe that you’re worthy? And suddenly that idea, the purpose of the secret, that you have the ability to change your life, quickly and easily. Is gone. But it’s too late your sucked into the paradigm now.
The article is basically saying. If this whole easy fix isn’t working, it’s your fault. It’s not the system, it’s you.
Is letting go a good idea? Sometimes.
Is being more positive worthwhile? It can be.
Is trying to work through a lifetimes worth of negativity to process it and reject it a laudable goal? Absolutely!
Is trying to change your life so you can get on-board the magic unicorn train to richville going to be ultimately disappointing? It sure is.
Also what about natural disasters? What about the Indonesian Tsunami? Was that just a country wishing for a whole lot of water at once? If so how come Tokyo has not yet actually been attacked by Godzilla?
Like giant lizards for instance.
In the world that the secret inhabits no-one has autonomy. In-fact the philosophy is purely solipsistic. The world must have been set up for you or else how would your thoughts affect anything without creating paradox? How on earth would it cope with three billion sentient beings with competing and conflicting wants and desires? The only possible solution is that you are the only “real” being in this universe, it was made for you! And the good news is that you can purchase the user’s manual for your universe for less than $30 at Angus and Robinson. Why not pick up a copy for your imaginary kids?
The real secret in the Secret is that you are a brain in a jar being poked by stimulus for the enjoyment of the masses. But hey, at least you’re important. That’s what you really wanted isn’t it?
*Kittens not expressly guaranteed, availability of kittens in your area may vary.