Reporting from Monroe, Ohio…
“It is a sin to be poor!” Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity School of Christianity said to a shocked room of the devout.
He didn’t say this to talk down to the poor. Nor did he say it as an act of “victim blaming,” but out of, in his own words, “the frustration of potentiality.”
And no matter your religious, spiritual or atheistic tendencies, these words can have a profound impact on your life if you allow them.
It’s true that nobody has asked to be born poor. So saying that it’s a sin to be poor may seem callous and cold-blooded. But it’s not. Instead, to encourage people to accept squalor and dependence on others simply because poverty is not their fault, in my opinion, is what’s cold-blooded and, yes, evil. It is anti-life and keeps people enslaved to an unjust and cronyist system.
I believe everyone… yes, everyone… has within them the potential for true prosperity. And “prosperity,” in my lexicon, extends well beyond just acquiring money and material things. Although material items are a part of being prosperous in this world, they have little to do with what prosperity is.
Prosperity is a way of life. It’s a perception. It’s a way of living, acting and thinking. It’s a choice. And it’s an experience which can be lived, and affirmed, in each moment of every day.
Now, read that paragraph again, except replace “prosperity” with “poverty.” The same holds true.
Prosperity, though, denies the “common sense” notion that people must settle for their lot in life. Prosperity invites all who seek it. It knows nothing of class, color and caste. Its only requirement is that one serves humanity in a way in which it wants to be served.
Each individual, therefore, has two options, as far as I’m concerned: He or she can choose to see this world as one of abundance for all and live in that space and work to see that vision come true. Or he or she can choose to see it as one full of lack and not enough, and live in that manner and see the lack reflected back to them in their lives.
Either way, for better or worse, each individual will be right.
The sin of poverty is to envy the rich and rally around government officials to take what they have by force because they’re “hoarding all the wealth” (see: fixed pie fallacy). Or it’s to turn one’s back on prosperity and feel “holier than thou” while mired in poverty (who does this hurt other than oneself, really?). The sin is to take ZERO responsibility for one’s thoughts, actions and deeds and wonder why bags of gold just won’t fall from the sky already.
Poverty is a sin if the sight of prosperity fills one’s heart full of hate for his neighbor rather than hope for herself.
Yes, the government (and the collectivized, hateful, short-sighted individual) has done much to slow down and even temporarily halt human progress and general prosperity. Even so, time and time again, humanity has found a way.
Look around you. Despite incessant government and Malthusian meddling, the “creative minority” has done an excellent job at creating abundance in a world of perceived lack. And unless you are being physically restrained against your will, nothing is holding you back from, bit by bit, creating prosperity for your fellow human — and, in the process, for yourself — in the same way. It begins and ends with your perception of the world and of yourself.
Prosperity must begin with the perception of abundance and your right to the world’s plentiful bounty, provided you acquire it in a just and consensual manner. There’s no other way to begin.
When you break it down, there are two types of people in this world. One type is the Malthusian, who, deep down, despises humanity. This type believes humanity is a collection of mindless cogs in a linear machine called “the world.” This world, the miserabilist says with a sharp wag of the finger, is going to Hell in a handbasket. It can sustain no more human life. Humans are cockroaches. Humanity is a cancer to the Earth. And the only options for the survival of the world, says the self-loathing individual, are:
A.) Incredible government intervention such as mandatory sterilizations or one-child policies (AKA mass institutionalized violence or State-sanctioned genocide)
B.) To encourage others to kill themselves to save the world (it’s no surprise, of course, that those who suggest others kill themselves are never ones to lead by example)
C.) The complete eradication of competition, private property and the market economy in general
As you can see, these solutions are evil. That is, they are anti-life in every way. Moreover, they are filled with hate and pessimism and, from that space of mind, can never do any good.
The problem with Malthusians, and the reason they are always wrong, is because they lack foresight on what makes the world go ‘round. Which also happens to be what makes humans magnificent and beautiful creatures:
A.) The ability to discover creative solutions to complex problems…
B.) The ability to create what doesn’t exist…
C.) The ability to perceive abundance and opportunity where there is perceived lack…
D.) And, of course, the ability to respond swiftly to strong market incentives…
There’s a HUGE difference, for example, between the miserable Malthusian and the second type of people. Those like Peter Diamandis, who wrote: “We are racing toward a world of abundance, and we are going to be increasing the quality of life for everyone on the planet. The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest opportunities.”
What a shift in perspective, right?
Now, who would you rather be sitting across a dinner table? Someone who is making you feel guilty for having a plate of food, or someone who is grateful you have that plate of food and is giving that plate his or her blessing to multiply and feed all mouths?
Again, prosperity is not about things or money. Materials and money are the result of prosperity. Not the cause. Prosperity is a state of mind. It is a way of living and thinking and acting. It starts with you and then extends outwards. You perpetuate this system of slavery by giving this idea of lack your power and attention. You create prosperity in a system of perceived lack by working outside of the slave system to create all-ternatives.
Poverty is not a lack of things and money. First and foremost, it is a way of living. It’s a treadmill to nowhere. It accepts the system as truth. It’s a mental trap, which persuades individuals into doing the same things over and over while either accepting their lot in life or expecting different results.
Some people call the idea that our perception creates our reality the “law of attraction,” and do one of two things with it. One, they’re turned off by the ‘woo-wooness.’ Normally, these people believe it means if you imagine yourself in a castle or a Ferrarri, you’ll get it. And they’re right to think that sounds stupid. Because it is.
The second type legitimately believes they can just imagine themselves into castles and Ferraris. And, again, that’s just dumb.
Prosperity is a state of mind, yes, but action must take place. Action coupled with the presupposition that humans are generally good and there’s enough for all is prosperous thinking. Whether you’re starting a renewable energy company, small coffee roasting company, a marketing company, or just looking for a new job, it’s a constructive way to think.
It’s this shift in perspective which gets people excited to get out of bed in the morning and produce things which serve mankind. It’s this perspective which allows people to LOVE life rather than see it as a burden and numb themselves out of it.
The first CRUCIAL step to prosperous thinking is you think for yourself and not let the anti-life mainstream do the thinking for you.
“The starting point in realizing prosperity,” Eric Butterworth writes in Spiritual Economics, “is to accept responsibility for your own thoughts, thus taking charge of your life. You are not responsible for what is said in the Wall Street Journal or what comes out of Washington in the form of economic indicators, but you are very much responsible for what you think about these things. You cannot afford to let the so-called experts decide how you are going to think and feel. For how you think and feel about the economy in general and your financial affairs in particular will unwaveringly determine what you experience.”
Tomorrow, we’ll talk more about all-ternatives to the anti-life mainstream thought-streams. And how you can ride the wave of abundance for yourself and others. Because you serve nobody by thinking poor thoughts and receiving poor results. You serve everyone by acting and thinking in abundance.
No matter how you cut it, this is true. Even in economic downturns, you are not beholden to the idea that there’s not enough. Fortunes were created during the Great Depression, and they can be created from scratch today, too, with little more than the willingness to tap into abundance, a little imagination and hard work.
Your perception of reality shapes your life and touches those around you. And there’s very little “woo-woo” about it.
Managing editor, Laissez Faire Today