Adventures in The Secret…

Apparently, there’s been a buzz lately about the DVD/book “The Secret”. I hadn’t heard anything about it until it was on Oprah yesterday. From what I gathered, it’s all about this NEWLY DISCOVERED, amazing secret to living a satisfying life. As I watched though, all I could think was “Hey – that’s not newly discovered! It’s plagiarism!” Some examples:

1) You should forgive people that have hurt you. Hmmm, where have I heard that before? Oh, yes, the Bible. (Luke 11:4)

2) You should be grateful for all the circumstances in your life. Hmmm, where have I heard that before? Oh, yes, the Bible. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

3) You should project ‘good energy’ (ie be cheerful). Hmmm, where have I heard that before? Oh, yes, the Bible. (Proverbs 17:22)

Now, I certainly agree with all the things above. I have no objections to encouraging people to be thankful, forgiving and cheerful. I do object to the makers of ‘The Secret’ stealing the bullet points from the plan God created for us; instead of giving credit where credit is due, casting God aside in favour or “the Universe”, “a higher power” and “a [random, unnamed]spiritual force”.

It’s like having a conversation like this:

Joe: “Hey, a strong wind in a funnel shape destroyed my house.”
Sam: “Really? A tornado destroyed your house?”
Joe: “No, no, not a tornado. It was a big funnel cloud and a strong strong wind.”
Sam: “Joe, that’s a tornado.”
Joe: “It couldn’t have been. I KNOW it wasn’t a tornado, but it was just like in the Wizard of Oz.”
Sam: “Joe, you’re a moron.”

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3 thoughts on “

  1. Ha ha ha I agree 100% this is why I don’t watch Oprah too often because of her whole “new age” thing. Unless of course she’s doing something on Africa and then I’m all over that! Surprise I read your blog :)Erin

  2. Hi Erin, I’m glad you read my blog :)I usually like Oprah because she tells me how to buy a bra that fits, and how to choose jeans that make my butt look smaller. But sometimes, I’m afraid she’s just all wrong.

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