Wealth Is Health. Poverty Is The Root Of All Evil!
Wallace D. Wattles
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
There is no virtue in poverty. It is a mental disease that should be abolished from the face of the earth. You are here to grow, expand and develop spiritually, mentally and materially. Some who do not prosper have a sneaky, subconscious feeling that there is some virtue in poverty. This feeling may derive from early childhood training, superstition, or be based on a false interpretation of the Scriptures. There is no virtue in poverty. It is a disease like any other mental disease. If you were physically ill, you would think there was something wrong with you and would seek help or do something about it at once. Likewise, if you do not have money constantly circulating in your life, there is something radically wrong. God does not want you to live in a hovel or to go hungry. God wants you to be happy, prosperous and successful. God is always successful in divine undertakings, whether that means making a star or a cosmos.
We are poor and will stay poor only as long as we relate to the laws of poverty. Success, wealth and supply can be planned for by every life just as scientifically as one can build a house or plan a city. Supply cannot refuse to come to any of us who set a supply law into operation; but we must be taught this law and brought step by step away from the old ideas and obsessions of the past into a new understanding and use of new methods.
Poverty and wealth are the results of internal states of mind, and only as mind changes will material change. Environment is only a big mirror in which we see ourselves reflected. People who depend on charities for their meals or who sleep on the benches in the park are not doing so because circumstances force them to it. Due to their own ignorant manipulation of the laws, they have forced the circumstances.
Poverty will remain only as long as we have within ourselves the germ that intensifies it, and we will secure wealth and freedom only as the natural states of our minds and hearts grow into them. We are poor because we do not know any better than to be poor. We stay poor because we are too ignorant, too weak, too inert or too superstitious to hold our life servant to the higher laws of life and compel a new physical arrangement, by an ever-increasing recognition of our own God-power.
When we can fully and actually incorporate into our minds the consciousness of infinite supply, and our inseparable connection with it, we may let go of everything we have in the world and make instantaneous relation With the lines that will lead us again into abundance.
(From The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, 1910)
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