Originally Posted by kathirynne
I am watching the film "The Secret"
(click on the linky to watch the film for FREE) again, and one quote really jumped out at me.
Jack Canfield says (near the end of the film):
"The more you talk about what you don't want, or talk about how bad it is...you're creating more of [the negative "stuff"].
What are your thoughts on this, relative to a not-so-great financial situation? Do you think dwelling on being broke makes you more broke?
I'm not sure; I would love to hear what you think.
I know this is REALLY going to some people's panties in a bunch, but (IMHO) "The Secret" is a bunch of hooey. Which is about the most polite phrase I can muster for it. While I think there is great value in thinking positively, surrounding yourself with positive people, and working hard to achieve your goals, I cannot possibly take seriously any school of thought where the logical end point is that people suffering or dying in a war zone (ie. Rwanda, Iraq) or from a horrible natural disaster (ie. Tsunami, Katrina) are in their terrible situation because they just aren't thinking positively enough and if they thought better all of their problems would magically go away.
And honestly, I think that is just as true for a lot of the mamas here; it's all too easy to see the kind of facile solutions that "The Secret" is all about as a new way to blame the victim -- we are poor not because of gross societal problems in how we (don't) support women and children that we'd have to work hard politically and culturally to correct, we're poor because we're just not THINKING correctly! And obviously, if we just thought the "right way", we'd all be wealthy like the guy in the movie, right?
Plus, I can't think of ONE mama here who has ever said or implied that they think they'll be poor forever. It seems like everyone has plans to better themselves and their lives, even if they're not moving as far or as fast as they'd like. Who was the smart mama who said that we were in this community for Solidarity, not Charity? Honestly, this thread has really inspired me, supported me, and helped us to make things way better in our lives, and I want to thank all you mamas for that.
(Also, as a Philosophy major, if that guy in the secret is a "Philosopher" I'm the Queen of All England!