Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Secret to writing a bestseller . . .

I am absolutely stunned at the popularity of this book - The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Maybe I give the general population to much credit for discernment. Maybe it demonstrates the power of slick marketing and humanity's yearning for hope. I don't know, but on the surface - this book should only get a cursory glance from book buyers and then be replaced on the shelf as gibberish. A con. False hope wrapped in pseudo-scientific psycho-babble. --- But Noooo. It's featured on Oprah, Larry King, etc. . . .

No one should even have to explain how out of touch with reality this book is. Our built-in hog-wash detectors should go off within 10 feet of this book. The Secret is basically that you can have anything you want if you just think it. Think the right way about a new Mercedes and you will naturally attract it.

First the author actually claims that The Secret is based on the scientific principle of the law of attraction. Well that law applies to matter not thought. But the real camel-back-breaking-straw is this:

One of the so-called Teachers of the Secret, Joe Vitali, actually said this:

Larry King asked him how does Jessica Lundsford - the little girl who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and buried alive - fit in to all this? Did she attract this evil?

He responded "We all attract everything to ourselves. There is no exception."

WOW! So it's the little girl's fault that she was raped and killed. Where does this thinking end? By this principle, ALL VICTIMS ARE GUILTY. It's not the rapist or murderer's fault, they were at the mercy of the universe - puppets of the mystical powers of their victim's thoughts.

Hmm. Let's see. If I rob a bank tomorrow, it's the bank's fault.

What sickens me is that these people don't actually believe in the Secret, they believe only in acquiring wealth at the gullibility of others. And they don't care what damage they do in the process. Can you imagine being the parent of a girl who was kidnapped, raped, and killed - and then you have to listen to this guy tell you that it was her fault?

As usual, the Bible is right, "the love of money is the root of all evil."

Listen to an hour discussion of the dangers of this book and hear the quote from Larry King here:

1 comment:

Rodrigo said...

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