Does It Seem Like People Are Forgetting About God, Now That the Law of Attraction Has Become Popular?
Yes, unfortunately that’s the case. This is why I dislike The Secret (and similar books) so much: It makes it look like “the Universe” is some kind of brainless automaton—a sort of cosmic vending machine or a big Amazon warehouse in the sky—that will mail you anything you want if you just push the right buttons to order.
This encourages people to give in to their basest urges. It promotes unfettered greed, materialism, and a self-absorbed “Me, me, me” attitude.
I call The Secret the “Atlas Shrugged of manifestation.” Just like Ayn Rand’s tome, it’s all about self-interest, the death of altruism, and a stone-cold stance toward people who don’t have it as good as you (because it’s obviously their own damn fault).
The Secret also tells you that you are God and have unlimited powers. Sure, it says that you should practice gratitude… but then conveniently omits the step where we ask, “To whom?”
If you’re supposed to say thank you, doesn’t that imply that there would be a “you” to address it to? And if there’s no “you,” then why bother? It just doesn’t make any sense.
In contrast, I’m an advocate for manifestation that cares less about your wallet than your spiritual development. It also includes putting God back into the creation, giving him the credit and gratitude he deserves for providing for us and guiding us.
Making the Creator part of the equation also keeps us humble and saves us from the God complex that The Secret has instilled in so many people.