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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Poignant criticism...

“Those who fail to exhibit positive attitudes, no matter the external reality, are seen as maladjusted and in need of assistance. Their attitudes need correction. Once we adopt an upbeat vision of reality, positive things will happen. This belief encourages us to flee from reality when reality does not elicit positive feelings. These specialists in "happiness" have formulated something they call the "Law of Attraction." It argues that we attract those things in life, whether it is money, relationships or employment, which we focus on. Suddenly, abused and battered wives or children, the unemployed, the depressed and mentally ill, the illiterate, the lonely, those grieving for lost loved ones, those crushed by poverty, the terminally ill, those fighting with addictions, those suffering from trauma, those trapped in menial and poorly paid jobs, those whose homes are in foreclosure or who are filing for bankruptcy because they cannot pay their medical bills, are to blame for their negativity. The ideology justifies the cruelty of unfettered capitalism, shifting the blame from the power elite to those they oppress. And many of us have internalized this pernicious message, which in times of difficulty leads to personal despair, passivity and disillusionment.”
Chris Hedges

     As a believer that we all have inherent power over our lives, this quote by Chris Hedges obviously made me ponder my belief system. I concluded that it is probable, given the history of the “unfettered capitalists”, that promoting The Law of Attraction as a practice devoid of compassion and desire to help those in need is useful.
     Fortunately, it does not take much investigation into the most prominent proponents of The Law of Attraction to see that they most definitely do not lay blame for lack of awareness or application of this power not do they lack compassion or a desire to help those in need. Contrarily, those individuals with the ability to harness this power are in a far better position to be of service to humanity.
     ~Angie Ducharme~

When you learn, teach. When you get, give. 
~Maya Angelou~

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