Why The World's Happiest Man Hates "The Secret"
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Another Interview With The Happiest Man In The World
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In recent years, I've learned not to rush around Manhattan so much, even when I'm late. Exhaustion comes easily in New York City, and the remedy is to slow down – or try.
Which is what I was doing when I heard a familiar voice.
It was (he claims) the happiest man in the world or, his preferred abbreviation, WHM.
WHM: You don't say, 'Hello?'
What? Oh, is that you?
WHM: Who else, but the happiest man in the world? Can't you tell?
You look so different. You look, well, like something else entirely.
WHM: Like a pooka?
WHM: You never saw the great old movie Harvey, did you?
The invisible rabbit thing with Jimmy Stewart?
WHM: The pooka thing. With Jimmy Stewart.
You don't look like a rabbit, and you're not invisible.
WHM: Not to you. Or to Jimmy Stewart. What is it Wayne Dyer used to say before he got religion..? Oh, yeah–'Believing is seeing.' Look, we're all multiple anyway, and anyone can look like this and that, any time. They don't offer much variation because they want to be seen. So, no getting too far out of the groove. People won't see you.
I guess people don't want to be too isolated.
WHM: Well, they are anyway, so what's the point? You want to feel merged, is that it? You want to be part of a bigger whole?
That's the ideal.
WHM: Is it? I don't believe it. You don't want someone else to be part of you. That's ridiculous. You want to be associated with them, to interrelate with them. That's another thing. Part of you? Oh, no, no, no.
WHM: People are frickin' careless with words, aren't they? All kinds of bad ideas get passed around that way. They sound good, but they aren't.
I heard someone say we are all pure creative energy or pure positive energy. I think it was Abrahah-Hicks or one of that crowd. I couldn't understand what they meant.
WHM: It just barely sounds like a nice idea. Pure. Creative. Positive. Energy. All nice words. How could you live like that? Feels like drowning in honey. Pure, positive honey. Where's the nitty-gritty in that? Mostly, phrases like that don't mean anything. They just make pleasant slogans to toss around that make you feel all comfy and holistic.
I think the reason is, people have begun to understand quantum physics and the idea of vibrating particles and that they can influence reality.
WHM: They're going to make good use of neutrinos? They're going to whip them into pure, creative things? How are they going to do that? Listen, Dave, quantum physics isn't anything new. It's just a description of some physical laws that have always existed, nothing recently invented. Pretty fascinating, but we knew about them since the turn of the Twentieth Century. If knowing about the unexpected behavior of subatomic particles was going to make the world better, why did the two of the best educated societies, ours and Germany's, used the knowledge to commit the worst human atrocities ever? Oops, a little preachy there, but you have to understand that knowledge and discovery are only about facts. Everything still comes back to the individual. The sentient individual, and that will never change, no matter how smart we get.
I think I need to chew on that for a while. I guess I agree, but...
WHM: ...But you've been reading too many books about how we're all pure, positive, energetic creations, or something like that. And we are, actually, but we make of it what we will, and there's a lot more out there than we ever see, touch or feel.
WHM: Like what if the other dimensions, the ones not among the three we use to describe reality in our heads? Are they energetic too? Maybe not. Maybe they're powered by something we know nothing about and for which evolution never prepared us. We'd still be influenced by them, though, wouldn't we? If you're blind, which we all are to an extent, it doesn't keep you from running into trees. Something doesn't fail to exist, just because we don't see it.
Look, I can see you're edging toward the door, so can I ask you about one more thing I've been wondering about? Where are you going, anyway?
WHM: I'm going on a little retreat, going up to stay with my friend Buddy in Glasstown.
WHM: It's where Buddy lives, and don't ask. Strangers come looking. Would you like to see a photo of Buddy? Here.
He handed me a picture.
What's he doing? He seems to be in a...
WHM: He's having a nap on a hot summer day. Can't you just see how he's indulging himself. Really getting into whatever you're doing, that's what it's all about. You can see that... Hey, anyway, Dave, you had a question. Sorry.
Yeah, I saw an ad yesterday about the secret to happiness...
WHM: (Laughter) There's a secret?
They say there is. There was a movie and a book, actually called that: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I hear it made a mint..
WHM: Just because someone writes a book about something, it doesn't make that something real. Why would there be any secret? How messed up would evolution or God or source or Donald Duck or whatever they're calling have to be to produce a secret that, if you don't know it, you can't be happy?
Well, it's true, isn't it, that most people are not happy?
WHM: I don't know. I haven't asked them. They all got what they thought about and believed in. That's all I know. Happiness may not be all it's cracked up to be, you know. It's certainly not as popular as Italian food, for instance, or high heels.
Plenty of people bought the book and watched the movie. There are multiple versions on the Internet.
WHM: A lot more people bought books about vampires and went to see slasher movies. Maybe they were just looking for the fantasy inspiration of the moment. Anyway, there is no secret. Happiness and all the other emotions are as simple and easy to get as they can be.
If they are so simple and easy, how come nobody but you and a very few others think so?
WHM: What are you talking about? Everyone agrees with that. Oh, wait, maybe that's the secret. Maybe we don't want each other to know we know.
Why would anyone do that?
WHM: Detracts from the game, if everyone knows. Every interaction with others is part of the game, and it's more fun if nobody else knows your strategy.
Every interaction is part of a game?
WHM: Of course, but you can always take a recess and be by yourself, you know, navel gazing, contemplating the secret, you know all that.
He was edging towards the door.
WHM: I have really got to go. Buddy is waiting. I promised I'd be there in time for a game of chess before dinner. I really have to..."
And then, he did. He didn't really have to say, Goodbye, which he didn't. Pookas can simply disappear, or maybe we cause them to disappear.
Well, a question, I guess, for next time!
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© 2010 David Stone
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