I’m diving into Chapter Two this week, but first, let’s review what we’ve got so far:
The best reason for getting rich is so that we can live these lives we’ve been given more fully. By being rich, we can be more fully ourselves, unrestricted by financial restraints. I’m on board for that, aren’t you? Imagine the things we could do!
Imagine having all the tools needed to create whatever we’d like. Imagine being able to hire all the help we’d need, from technicians to teachers. Imagine … ah, dreams! How very fully we would live, if only we lived unrestricted by financial limitations. So, on to Chapter Two, where we start with this bold statement: There is a Science to Getting Rich.
Already I'm baking the Doubt Cake, because I find that a really weird use of the term ‘Science’. Of course I know that language changes, and words evolve. I imagine if Shakespeare heard how even the most literate of us talk today he would recoil in astounded horror.
The point is that this term "Science" means something far different today than it did back in 1910. Back then, most folks believed that Science was infallible. If something was Proved by Science, that meant it was Absolutely True - no doubts, no questions! It was carved in stone.
We 21st Century folks, on the other hand, know just how fallible science can be. Yesterday’s True Scientific Fact in today's joke! Our understanding of our physical world is consistently being blown out of the water as new instruments and new technology are applied, as new minds are applied to old problems. Consequently, I’m not exactly convinced when I’m told that “There is a Science to getting rich” that will infallibly work for me. I’m skeptical at best. Mind you, being skeptical is not the same being cynical.
The cynic, told that this so-called Science would make him rich, would say, “Yeah right, tell me another one” and toss the book into the bin.
I’d call that throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
As skeptics, on the other hand, we say, “hmmm … What an odd claim, that there’s a ‘science’ to getting rich. I wonder what the heck he means by that?” We skeptics want to save the baby. She might just be able to teach us how to get rich! She’s worth nurturing.
So what is our Mr. Wattles trying to communicate with his old-fashioned use of this words Science? Perhaps a modern rendition could be:
“There is a procedure for getting rich that really works. It’s the way used by everyone who has ever gotten rich, whether they realize it or not.” He might well add, “Try it! It will work for you, I promise.”
NOW we get to the scary part: He says the procedure we have to follow needs to be followed exactly. EXACTLY, no errors or omissions permitted.
Frankly, I don’t know if I’m capable of being that precise. I’m not a particularly precise follower of rules. Hand me a recipe, I immediately start playing around with it. If I don’t happen to have a quarter teaspoon of cloves, I’ll throw in approximately the same amount of allspice
This recipe for getting rich requires that we follow it precisely. No cheating, no substituting, no approximating. I’m not in the least bit certain I can do that. Not in the least bit!
Is it really possible for ME to get rich? It might be possible for other people; it might be possible for you, but me? Who knows? The only way to find out is by doing my level best to follow the recipe just the way it’s written, here in our book, so - that’s what I’ll do.
Beset by doubts, but persisting, Elaine H
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