Punchinello’s Chronicles

September 15, 2008

“The Secret” – Wanting Something

We’ve recently been hearing too much about this book, “The Secret.” Like so much that Americans get hold of, the underlying principles pretty much are ignored in favor of the quick fix. Instead of comprehending how character develops, readers of the book see it as a magic bullet. All we need is to really, really want something a lot, and it’ll happen. No matter what.

Okay, having watched the parody of Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live (SNL), we have a problem. Hillary Clinton arguably wanted the White House more than anyone could want anything. So far, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Maybe someday?

The nice thing about these needlepoint philosophies is that they say nothing. So if they don’t work, it’s your problem, not the philosophy’s problem. SNL provides the perfect illustration. I wonder if sales of “The Secret” will be affected? Probably not.


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