The Answer to "The Secret" That THEY Don't Want You To Know

Austin Powers / Dr. Evil Meme: "The Secret. Riiiiight. Throw me a freakin' bone" #OM101 Offended Millennial

We finally watched The Secret a few weekends ago.

I've been meaning to read the book for ages. But between The Great Apartment Hunt of 2018 and reaching the summit of our living room's Laundry Mountain, the cheesy film version would have to do. 

On the whole, The Secret does an excellent job of breaking down the power of positive thinking. The power of visualization and meditation. What it means to have a growth mindset. How to set goals and practicing gratitude. How to harness the positive energy of you and those around you to Live Your Best Life.

All of these things I can, and do, wholeheartedly get behind. Although, my husband's snarky question really summed it up best:

"So, this just like Joel Osteen but without the Christianity?"

I have a hard time disputing that. In many ways, The Secret is nothing more than the Prosperity Gospel, except without the Jesus stuff. 

Ultimately, whatever works for you, works for you. And The Secret has truly helped many people, which is awesome! 

But is the commodity-based message of, "poor people are poor because they don't work hard" really what you want to build a community and culture behind? 

Because like it or not, The Secret has a cult-like community following. Just like Joel Osteen. Just like Crossfit...hell, just like Reddit.

The beauty of community on the whole, is that, unlike your family, you DO get to choose it. You DO have agency over it.

The question is, do you want to build and be a part of a community that's based around a "Secret" only the rich and powerful truly know?