I’m plunging into The Science of Getting Rich, and Chapter One makes me feel like I’ve been pushed in the deep end! It begins with “The Right to be Rich”.
It’s right to be rich? Really? That certainly goes SLAP right up against my programming! I was always taught that it is wrong to be rich. “Harder for a rich (person) to get into heaven it is for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle,” as it says in the Bible. My parents, shabby Christians though they were, certainly agreed with that.
Years later, a would-be biblical scholar told me that “the eye of the needle” was actually a reference to a geographic feature - a narrow and treacherous passage through the mountainous desert.
Imagine it: A caravan of heavy-laden camels threads their way in slow single file through the twisting passage, each one tied by a looping rope to the next in line. The heat of the desert sun beats down, its merciless rays reflected from the walls of the crevasse. Dust billows up around men and beasts as they plod doggedly onward, longing for the cool of the oasis that awaits on the far side of this shortcut.
Suddenly the entire lineup stumbles to a halt. An overloaded pack has caught between the rocky outcroppings of a corner, the camel wedged like a cork in a bottle. She tries to lunge forward, to no effect. Her dismal bellow of protest sets the others to similar noisy protest, while men add their own raised voices to the cacophony.
Someone squeezes past the hairy legs to grab at the stuck one’s lead-rope. She is detached from those in front and behind, while other hands struggle to free the pack from the clutches of the narrow passage. The caravan master makes his way through the herd, takes one look, and barks an order.
“Back her up!” Camels don’t like backing up, but at last she is free. A jerk on her lead line and a couple sharp raps on her bony knees bring her down into a crouch on the stony trail. Furious at this delay, the caravan leader demands to know which of them had loaded her.
“Any idiot could see this pack wouldn’t make it through the Eye!” The pack is taken off the saddle, the bundles retied, the whole load rebuilt. When the adjustments are done, the dromedary is urged to her feet and the order comes to proceed, through the Eye of the Needle and out to the oasis beyond.
It’s a challenging passage, but do-able. So too, it may be hard for a rich person to get into Heaven - but no one said it is impossible. Some adjustments may be needed, of course.
That being the case, I’m willing to make some adjustments. The first one will be my surrender of this idea that it is WRONG to be rich.
Chapter One gives us a pretty good argument for the rightness. I choose to believe, with Wattles, that we are here to live expanding lives. I’ll write more about that next time.
All the Best, Elaine H
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