You may have heard about Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret, an Oprah-endorsed, even-Deepak-Chopra-looks-good-when-compared-to-this, self-help book.
The Secret claims you can manipulate the material world — the numbers in a lottery drawing, the actions of others, world events — through your thoughts and feelings. Did you get a promotion? You must have been thinking positive thoughts about your job prospects! Do you have cancer? You must have been thinking negative thoughts about your health. I guess someone who really didn’t like Rwandans thought up the genocide.
Friedman also explains the problems that following The Secret can lead to:
… [W]hat if a person really had a thyroid problem, but didn’t go to her doctor in the belief that her thoughts caused her weight problem? The other problem is that it blames the victim; if bad things happen to you, even things that appear totally out of your control — getting hit by a drunk driver, getting robbed — you brought it on yourself through your thoughts.
And, not surprisingly, The Secret is currently the #1 selling book on Amazon.
Those people who take to heart everything Oprah says… their heads should be hurting right about now. Then again, they probably don’t even realize there’s a conflict.
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