I know I only just posted about this, but I found myself over at Ryan's place and followed a link to a Slate article about The Secret, which led me to a Daily Mail article about it, which was surprisingly good for a Daily Mail article.
Anyway, the Daily Mail article makes explicit what I have always argued The Secret and the LOA say, and what most Secret followers deny they do - that the victim is to blame. And this is confirmed by both Rhonda Byrne and Bob Proctor.
It's straight from the horses mouth people.
The article points out another facet of The Secret I've mentioned before - greed and selfishness:
It seems unusual that a self-help book should take such an extreme hedonistic and self-centred view, but, according to Byrne, true happiness comes from putting yourself before others.
She also assuages any concerns you might have about overt materialism with an unusual interpretation of the Bible - saying that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and Jesus were all millionaires, "with more affluent lifestyles than many present-day millionaires could conceive of".
Here's what Byrne thinks about how this works:
We are all, she states, "human transmission towers", emitting thoughts on a particular frequency and attracting "all like things that are on the same frequency".
This is why, she says, if you think negative thoughts, then bad things will happen. [my emphasis]
This is the author of The Secret remember - this IS what The Secret is about.
The article goes on:
Byrne believes that if someone has cancer, they can cure themselves by laughing - which implies that the converse is also true; that their cancer has been caused by negative thinking.
Astonishingly, she even says this outright: "Illness cannot exist in a body that has harmonious thoughts."
Yes, you read that right. If you have cancer, The Secret says IT IS YOUR FAULT. Cancer is caused by your negative thoughts. Medical science is wrong. Cancer treatment is wrong.
This is total fucking bullshit. It is irresponsible reckless crap pronounced by a clueless idiot who deserves nothing but contempt and scorn, not admiration. Rhonda Byrne is scum.
So what about those caught up in wars, acts of terrorism and natural disasters?
The hundreds of thousands killed in the Asian tsunami, the thousands who died on 9/11, the millions put to death in the Holocaust? Are we simply to assume it was all their own fault?
Byrne sounds rather weary as she skirts round this subject in her book but, basically, her answer is an extraordinary yes.
"By the law of attraction, they had to be on the same frequency as the event," she says, allowing only a small concession: "It doesn't necessarily mean they thought of that event."
Are you getting this believers in The Secret? Do you understand why I seem so angry now? Rhonda Byrne blames the Jews for the Holocaust.
And let's not forget how this actually contradicts everything Byrne says about The Secret and the LOA. In order to get something positive for yourself you have to visualise it exactly, you have to make preparations for that thing to arrive in order to attract it. So, how come negative things can happen if you are having just vaguely negative thoughts not even related to the event? Why didn't all the victims of the tsunami have to visualise the tsunami exactly in order for it to happen to them? Why didn't they have to make preparations for it in order to attract it? Why doesn't vaguely thinking about something positive attract that positive thing when vaguely thinking about any negative thing attracts a specific negative event not even related to the negative thoughts? Were all the victims of the tsunami thinking vaguely about some negative thing whilst all the survivors were not?
Of course, we know the answer don't we? Everyone thinks vaguely about positive stuff, but that stuff doesn't then magically happen. If it did, Byrne wouldn't be able to make millions selling this shit.
An interviewer on ABC's Nightline in America recently posed a similar question to Bob Proctor, one of the positive thinking experts quoted at length in Byrne's book.
"Children in Darfur are starving to death," she pointed out. "Have they attracted that starvation to themselves?"
Proctor replied: "I think the country probably has."
Fucking prick. And actually a contradiction of everything he allegedly believes in. Countries don't have intentions, people do. So he is blaming the victim whilst appearing not to. He is a slimy lying weasel.
The article closes echoing sentiments shared by many skeptics:
It strikes me that one person, and one person only, has truly benefitted from Byrne's positive thinking and visualisation theories - and that's the woman who tapped out this volume dreaming of earning millions.
Byrne must now be earning royalties from every single one of those multi-million sales.
You bet I'm angry about this. You bet I'm aggressive when arguing against it. Why the fuck aren't you dear Secret believer?