5. Being Rich Is A Natural Right - You Do Not Need To Take It From Others
Adapted From: The Science of Getting Rich
You Must Ged Rid Of The Old Idea That Being Poor Is Noble
The idea that there is a Deity whose will it is that you should be poor or whose purposes may be served by keeping you in poverty.
Intelligence is a consciously living substance that continually seeks enlargement of itself. Just like a seed, dropped into the ground, is programmed to spring into activity, and in the act of living produces a hundred more seeds. Life, by living, multiplies itself. It the natural order of nature.
Intelligence works in the same way.
Our inherent urge of life, continually seeksexpression, which drives us on to know more, to do more, and to be more. BUT, in order to know more, do more, and be more we must have more. We must have things to use, for we learn, and do, and become, only by using things. We must get rich so that we can live more.
The desire for riches is simply seeking fulfilment. The desire to live more, is necessary for creating things. The universe desires you to have everything you want to have.
Nature is friendly to your plans; it is your purpose in life to harmonize with the purpose that is in all. You must want real life, not mere pleasure or sensual gratification. Life is the performance of function, and the individual really lives only when he performs every function — physical, mental, and spiritual — of which he is capable, without excess in any.
The person who lives for the pleasures of the intellect alone will only have a partial life, and he will never be satisfied with his lot.
The person who wants to get rich solely for the good of others, is no better or nobler than extreme selfishness; both are mistakes. What God wants is that you should make the most of yourself, for yourself, and for others. And you can help others more by making the most of yourself than in any other way.
You can make the most of yourself only by getting rich, so it is right and praiseworthy that you should give your first and best thought to the work of acquiring wealth. Intelligent substance will make things for you, but it will not take things away from someone else and give them to you. You must get rid of the thought of competition. You are to create, not to compete for what is already created.
You are to become a creator, not a competitor.
It is accepted that there are Individuals of that type who become very rich purely by their extraordinary ability at competition, and through industrial evolution. Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, et al; the unconscious agents of the necessary work of systematizing and organizing productive industry. In the end, their work will contribute immensely toward increased life.
Such people play a necessary part in the evolutionary process, but the same power which produced them will dispose of them. They have never been really rich; a record of the private lives of most of this class will show that they have really been most abject and wretched.
Riches secured on the competitive plane are never satisfactory and permanent.
Competition is born out of the thought of limited visible supply. And we know that the real substance of life, is invisible and in abundance. Competition for it is not necessary.
Do not rush to obtain what you believe is in limited supply – this is a learned perception that must be unlearned, for it is not true.
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