Eskeptic on The Secret:
The deeply offensive racial overtones are hard to ignore, as are the sexist slurs â€” for instance, during the delivery of the above quotation, the visual is of a boardroom full of white, cigar-smoking male executives. Evidently social inequality and injustice, a lack of resources, several thousand years of patriarchy, oppression and inequality between the sexes â€” all the usual explanations as to why people don’t have money are incorrect.
Thank you! The complete lack of historical and socio-economic context of the haves and have more and have nots makes me ill.
The Secret is actually proposing two completely different systems for achieving one’s goals and then blurring the line between those systems â€” in effect, selling the system that works on the back of the one that doesn’t. On the one hand, we are told that all that is required to get what we desire is to ask, believe, and receive. On the other hand, we are told that we can’t merely ask, believe, receive. â€œ… In the first scenario, the supernatural is required. In the second scenario, a paper-route is required. The second scenario is the one that most of us recognize as the only one that will actually work, in which a person has an â€œidea,â€? then acts on that idea, and then gets the desired results. The second system renders irrelevant the first system. The testimonial of the editor of the Chicken Soup for the Soulbooks, Jack Canfield, provides an excellent example of the first system (ask-believe-receive) getting the credit for the second system (idea-action-results).