How the Law of Attraction solves America’s problems

The American public is unusually quiet in terms of political activism, and as a baby boomer, I’m looking particularly at my generation.

Several momentous policy decisions are on the table, and while some people are contacting their legislators, the mood in this unsettling economic and business environment is characterized more by fear and frustration than by political activity.

We who prided ourselves on changing the world in the sixties and seventies are markedly mute in contrast to where we were a few decades ago.

I see several reasons. First, we’re older. Marching and shouting come easier when you’re young. Still, lots of boomers go to the gym religiously, and we pride ourselves on our age not looking what that age used to look like. (“Fifty is the new thirty.” “Sixty is the new forty.”)

Second, many of the former protesters are essentially pleased with the current Administration.
True, but there wasn’t much demonstration during the previous administration either. Throughout the decade our activism has not been commensurate to the importance of the issues.

Third reason: The Law of Attraction, especially the LOA on crack, such as The Secret. Yes, that very same “law” of the universe that shows us how to cure cancer, reconcile with our psycho cousin and get rich instantly, recession be damned. If you spend much time online, you are probably aware that LOA is the answer to every problem.

The Law of Attraction in all its materialistic glory states that we create our reality
and that the universe is infinite in its resources. The state of the economy, sociological trends, international relations and what-not are irrelevant. The universe is infinite and “wants” us to have everything all hunky-dory.

The secret is to stop our bad-think.

And if we recognize and state problems as they are, we are bringing those problems into being,
say LOA advocates.

Let’s take public policy to stimulate job creation. Today money is going around somewhere and increasing the national debt but more jobs are disappearing than appearing lately.

Political activism necessitates stating what the problem is. But we’re taught that stating a problem brings it into being.

If we were to apply LOA to job creation policy, for instance, we would march with signs that say, “I’m wealthy. I have the job of my dreams.”

That would turn the economy around in no time!

Cause you gotta affirm the positive in the present tense. Not bring more negatives into reality by affirming the negative around us.

Of course, it would also confuse the hell out of us.

The people who in other eras would be leading the way are turning off their TVs and radios, abandoning the newspaper and generally avoiding any news that’s a downer. And unfortunately,  they are proud of it.

I read an amazing number of blogs and what-not advising people to turn off the news and be happy.

Some of the best and the brightest are busy with their affirmations. They hide from what’s going on; when they get close to learning something, they deliberately turn away.

The exceptions are the lobbyists who are surprisingly unaware that the solution to problems is in our thinking rather than in throwing money at politicians and advertising.

I’ve got to chuckle. Those lobbyists and the corporate interests who hire them are so clueless.

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5 responses to “How the Law of Attraction solves America’s problems

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  2. Oh, yeah….! 🙂

  3. I don’t know why, but this post resonated strongly with me. So here goes:

    I tend to be very left-brained myself, but I think there are degrees of belief in LOA. Many people think The Secret is pretty extreme. You have to realize that a lot of LOA and New Age is (as one theologian says) the first religion to grow out of prosperity. Other religions grew out of a search for answers to questions about pain.

    I interpret the desire for a “news fast” as a healthy response to a feeling of helplessness, not an extension of LOA. Chriatiane Northrup, a Board-certified OB-GYN, says our brains were never intended to read about things we have no control over.

    I was a young adult in the late 60s. It was a time of awakening and change. Today government remains so far behind the social reality it’s hard to know where to start. Our legal system has its origins in the 13th century and assumes our knowledge of science and psychology haven’t advanced much since then. Our medical system is based on accommodation of powerful interest groups, from insurance companies to hospitals. Several books have been written to explain why change and innovation do not occur in the delivery of health care.

    If anything, I think the 60s showed us how limited our power can be. It’s hard to remember but as late as the mid-70s, television was mostly B&W and cable was uncommon. News stories were not as big on TV and people read the papers. A journalist could expose conditions and we would be shocked. Today we’d shrug; we’ve seen it all before. In his rare appearances, Arlo Guthrie jokes about how the police now greet him at the airport, tease him about his songs, and remember him with nostalgia.

    The victories of the 60s and 70s have been limited. African-Americans and women still face disparity. Age discrimination and access to health care are actually worse. Journalists have lost jobs and voices. Draconian prison sentences face those who possess a few grains of marijuana, although the last three presidents admit they tried it.

    To take just one example, look up Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix, AZ. This evil man has been attacked by Amnesty International, the US Justice Department, journalists from the NY Times to the New Yorker, and more. Yet he continues to treat people inhumanely; Fox even featured him on a reality show, which you can see on hulu.com. If all these forces can’t overcome the inertia of a local citizenry, what can we do on the barricades?

    Sensible LOA means finding something positive even in a bad situation. The smart practitioners won’t tell you to affirm something illogical. If you interpret vibration as mood (as one LOA coach supports), then you’ve got some sound psychology going on. Mood is an extremely powerful influence on many areas of life and a predictor of high-quality action, decision-making and problem-solving.

    So I say you’ve got a couple of issues here: LOA and inertia. I don’t think they’re necessarily cause and effect.

    Incidentally, I once briefly worked with one of them mentors you showcase, who berated me for “negativity” when I talked about the challenges I was facing and referred me to an LOA practitioner. It’s everywhere.

  4. Diana, I think you’re on to something! However, there are still some of us who haven’t bought into the LOA stuff. My husband (age 51) is doing volunteer work with Organizing for America. I’m so proud of him!

  5. I don’t think the world, people, and evil are any different today than they’ve always been. And I don’t think today’s situations are a case of failed social movements. The only real difference is that our problems are more exposed and visible – and that’s actually a good thing. The Joe Arpaios of the world have always been around, only now we know about them, and we can take action if we choose. There is so much information today it can feel overwhelming. But the trick, I think, is to follow your own moral compass: identify what’s important to you, what’s within and beyond your own control (and feeling anger and rage is OK – it’s a motivator to action), and plan your (legal) action accordingly. That “feel good” feeling comes from real action with real positive outcomes, not “wishful thinking,” which is what I think most LOA amounts too.

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