“The Secret”: Packaged in America
Last night I watched The Secret with a group of friends that meet for spiritual discussion. Since The Secret carries so much buzz, I was happy to see it and find out how well this film presents the Law of Attraction, ancient wisdom for modern times.
I loved its humor and laughed out loud several times. I loved the clever and beautiful graphics, especially the sort of pen and ink drawings back-dropping the speakers that seemed as if they were from the Rennaissance. Jack Canfield's for instance, had a chicken in it and other references to his popular and best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise. I drank in the wisdom of basic Buddhism 101: "You are what you think." I emerged refreshed.
But, People! Get a grip. Look at the packaging, the marketing, the hype. Look at how we do things in America. We love things wrapped up in neat packages. We love things that deliver right away. We are a nation that loves fast food, and here, as a friend said to me this morning, is "Fast religion."
By all means watch The Secret. Enjoy it. Apply it to your life. And understand the delivery system that reveals a certain amount of American comedy inherent in our culture.
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