I continue to be amazed that the term “Law Of Attraction” has become the catch-cry of the first decade of this new millenium.
A movie like “The Secret” fits a certain era.
I think LoA’s preeminence could only come about from long periods of strong economic growth, just like we have had over the past couple of decades or generations.
A similar boomtime happened in the 1980’s. The signature movie then was “Wall Street”.
It is a very different movie, but it too has a catchy phrase that summed up the era. It was from the movies’ main protagonist, Gordon Gekko.
His actual speech was…
“The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed—for lack of a better word—is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms—greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge—has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed—you mark my words—will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. ”
Otherwise known as, “Greed Is Good”.
I think “Law of Attraction” is a eerily similar catch-cry, even though it is supposedly totally opposite.
The bottom line is that in a decade from now it is my bet that people will cringe whenever LoA is mentioned. That is except for those of us who are already cringing at it.
-Dr Martin W. Russell