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Metasquares
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Icon 1 posted March 27, 2007 19:17      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
I haven't seen the movie but I'd like to point out that, depending on where you live, $1000/month isn't necessarily a windfall, especially if you have a family of any sort. That's what I was paid on some of my summer internships, and it was hard to stretch that over rent and food and living expenses and still try and save something back. And I was all by myself and living in pretty cheap places - no kids, no pets or anything depending on me.

$1000 barely pays for the rent where I am.
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Icon 1 posted March 27, 2007 21:24      Profile for Tech Angel     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Nitrozac:
... THe movie "The Secret" is about the law of attraction. That movie glorified consumerism/materialism. The big secret was, fantasize about getting stuff so you'll be happier.

I think those are pretty lame messages.

There's a bit more to the underpinnings of "the law of attraction" (regardless of whether it's labeled "The Secret", various Eastern religious beliefs, or any of a dozen other things). Worded a little differently, it says your thought has power and manifests things in your life, regardless of whether you believe it does or not. In essence, the thoughts you have every moment of the day contribute to shaping your life in a very tangible way. The goal of "The Secret" and other like-branded techniques is to proactively direct that power to bring about things you consciously choose. And I'd guess that the vast majority of people reading about the Law of Attraction choose to use it for exactly the ends you mention: getting "stuff" with the intent of becoming happy. What a trifle.

So let me pose a question: if you knew that focused and directed thought -- believing without doubt that something is already true -- could manifest a change in yourself, your life, or the world, what thoughts would you focus on? What would you "believe"? Put in that context, fantasizing about material wealth seems so...squandered.

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So, hasn't anyone focused on world peace yet?

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"As in repeating a well-known song, so in instincts, one action follows another by a sort of rhythm; if a person be interrupted in a song, or in repeating anything by rote, he is generally forced to go back to recover the habitual train of thought..." (Darwin, The Origin of Species)

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quote:
Originally posted by ScholasticSpastic:
So, hasn't anyone focused on world peace yet?

If we would all focus in the same direction...

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$1000/mo won't even make my mortgage payment much less food, insurance, car, power, water, gas, tv, etc.
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I would like to remind the users that "Happyness" was set in the early 80's, where $1000 would be worth around $2,400 a month.

There are quite a few families living on 2400 a month today.

Therefore, arguments that his wage would not cover the cost of living are irrelevant and obsolete.

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quote:
Originally posted by GameGod:
I would like to remind the users that "Happyness" was set in the early 80's, where $1000 would be worth around $2,400 a month.

There are quite a few families living on 2400 a month today.

Therefore, arguments that his wage would not cover the cost of living are irrelevant and obsolete.

From what I can tell, this was set in San Francisco, so $1000 would not go far, not even in the '80s. The Bay Area is not a cheap place to live, and I understand it can be quite difficult to find any housing, much less anything affordable.

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I never implied that he lived comfortably.

What he could get with $1000 a month in the 80s is subsidized housing, or renting, (the place does not have to be a mansion), as well as food. Only the needs for a living, no luxuries.

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