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Photo: Nikki Zalewski (Shutterstock) While you’re suffering through your workaday, Joe-Lunchpail life, kids are running around wrecking social media platforms before they even launch, playing Squid Game on the playground, and getting anything they want—just by wanting it. Why is everyone on TikTok ‘Manifesting’? There’s nothing new about wishing really hard, but TikTok is taking the process in exciting new directions. “Manifesting”—that is, focusing on something with the intention of making it real—is finding tons of converts on the site. Videos tagged #manifestation have over 10 billion views. You can manifest wealth , love , weight loss , telepathy , and anything else you could imagine. TikTok gurus will gladly teach you how you, too, can literally make your dreams come true , although the instructions are not always clear. Maybe you need to play this love-attracting tone ? Maybe you need to make sigils ? Maybe try the secret numbers connected to a shadowy eastern European cult? Someone seems to have manifested some backlash too: Christian TikTokers are bashing manifestation as Satanic and urging us to pray instead. Some TikTokers worry that people might accidentally cast magical spells through manifestation. It seems like you could end the debate with a simple experiment to figure out whether affirmations, magical spells, or prayers are ultimately more effective, but I have a feeling no one would be happy with the result. Viral video of the week: Math teacher’s offensive lesson This week’s viral video is of a high school trigonometry teacher […]