Thoughts on “The Secret”

December 3rd, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

XKCD Positive Attitude

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything from XKCD here, that amazing geeky web-comic that I love so much.  This strip talks about the power of positive thinking and how some people take it to an extreme.  I am all for positive thinking, and for taking responsibility for our choices, attitudes, and feelings, but some people take it to such an extreme that they use it as a club to beat others over the head with.  To me, that kind of defeats the point of “positive thinking.”  I like to believe that I, like the stick figure in the comic, also suck at being pessimistic.  There is all kinds of good in life.  I like to look for the positive, sure.

But I can’t pretend that life is happy 100% of the time, and I have an emotional need to acknowledge the things that make life bitter-sweet, rather than constantly framing them in positive-spun euphemisms.  As “The Princess Bride” so eloquently put it – “Life IS pain, highness.  Anyone who says otherwise is selling something.”

I also like to think that I’m getting better at not beating people over the head with idealogical clubs.  But I’ll leave that up to you to judge.

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2 Responses to “Thoughts on “The Secret””

  1. Thoughts that come to mind:

    In Moses chapter 5 (I think) even God cries in sorrow because of the choices His loved ones make. How much more so then for us imperfect types who through our own choices and the choices of others are sometimes bombarded with sad things. Thankfully we can “hope for a better world” (Ether 12) through His Son.

    One of the upsides of muddling through life you identified is the temperance it induces on those who approach life with a sufficiently humble heart. My favorite of the story reflecting this is when the Pharisees bring the woman taken in adultery to Jesus. After asking the Master whether the woman should be stoned, and hearing His thought provoking answer, the scripture says they left “beggining at the eldest, even unto the last.” (John 8:9) I think the more life we live through the less zealous we become to hold others to some strict idealogical standard, knowing from experience that we too have our own list of imperfections. And so we leave things to God…

    Well, that’s all the time I have at the moment to ramble. I have my last final ever in a little under three hours (liberation is near)!!! But I’m not really ready for it and need to finish studying…

    Give me a call some time soon. I want to hear how things are going.
    Take Care.
    John

    --John Macdonald, on December 15th, 2010 at 3:16 pm
  2. John, you have many wise words, but I especially like these:

    “I think the more life we live through the less zealous we
    become to hold others to some strict idealogical standard, knowing
    from experience that we too have our own list of imperfections. And
    so we leave things to God…”

    Very well said, my friend. I think you hit the nail on the head.

    --Kawika Heftel, on January 2nd, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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