The other day I was watching a Swedish documentary about, the so mysteriously named, The Secret. I read the first book a long time ago, apparently there has been two more books and one movie since then (what purpose those could possibly serve, I have no idea). The first reason this entire phenomena pissed me of was that 1. The book was really expensive, and, 2. It was the most pointless and empty book I have ever read (I’ve had bigger spiritual realisations from sci-fi novels, I mean come on). It has 184 pages, they only needed like.. 10. If even. They could have handed it out as a brochure instead.
On the other hand this entire thing really is quite amusing. Because this Ancient, Mysterious, Fragmented secret the was almost lost in Mystic traditions and is so Secret you have never heard about it before is: Think Positive. Wow. Never heard that one before. But it’s also disgusting. Because I hate books, people, movies who tell people what they should feel and what they should think. Like our original feelings and thoughts wasn’t good enough. We need to change because we are not as good as them. Isn’t that like the dictionary definition of brainwashing?
I hate positive thinking. I hate how it has become a “way of life”. When you admit to hating notorious positive thinking people think you mean: “I like negative thinking”. I don’t. Have everyone on this earth forgotten that there’s a goddamn neutral stand in between there? You don’t have to be either. Choosing to only live after either positive or negative thinking is living a lie. Because the world doesn’t work like that. Sometimes good things happens, and sometimes bad things happens. Most of the time your thinking probably had nothing to do with it. Every bookshop I ever go to is drowning in guide to positive thinking bullshit books. I suppose some of them possibly have a good point to them but unfortunately there are to many “hey lets brainwash people into being happy” books for them to be noticed.
Discontent, doubt and anger are not bad feelings. Those are the feelings that have changed the world to the better for centuries. If everyone was content all the time it would still be okay to keep slaves. Women and poor people wouldn’t be allowed to vote or have a voice. Black people wouldn’t be allowed to marry white people and so on, I think you get the point.
Don’t be happy because that’s what you’re “supposed” to do. If you’re angry be angry. If you’re happy be happy. We are people not robots. You can’t just program yourself into feeling a certain way. Be discontent, doubt (it’s healthy trust me), be sad, be angry. Let yourself feel what you feel. It doesn’t make you a worse person. Quite the opposite. It makes you an honest person instead of one who earns 23$ a copy for telling people their feelings are wrong.