Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Barbara Ehrenreich: The Anti-Secret

I'm basically having a Secret backlash these days. I'm all for positive thinking and even visualization.

However, I'm not for using it to "attract" material items. What about "attracting" world peace and health for all?

Someone introduced this concept to me a couple of years ago. Even then, something didn't feel quite right about it. Life is a balance. Some negative thoughts are good.

I found this clip from The Daily Show and it's great:

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Hard work is great. Positive thinking is great. Delusion and a lack of empathy, however, are not. Most of this just sits a bit too close to blaming the victim, and that makes me very uncomfortable.

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  1. I see your point, but I think anyone identifying themselves as a victim is the bigger issue here.
    Things happen to people. Sometimes things just happen and I definitely believe that people will troubles, problems, conditions into their lives as well. I can honestly say that I've NEVER considered myself a victim of any circumstance that has happened in my life. I respond to events, I don't react to them. This has made my life rich beyond measure. People need to stop thinking "woe is me" and start responding to whatever problem or situation that is detrimental in their lives.

  2. You're absolutely right. However, I'm not talking about the victim, but the perception of being a victim by a lot of people who subscribe to this belief system.

    I mean if you can just think positive, visualize and manifest things into your life, then if something bad happens a lot seem to think that there wasn't enough positivity, visualization or manifesting going on.

    I agree. I'm no one's victim. However, I'm just leery of people who take having a positive, pro-active perspective to the point that they start blaming the victims.

  3. You're welcome, Unknown. Alas, Comedy Central has taken the clip down but the links remain.

    I'm still very much a positive thinker, but not an extreme nut. ;)

    Take care.


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