Wattle’s Book Part 4
Is Opportunity Monopolized?
No one is kept poor because other people have monopo-
lized the wealth and have put a fence around it. You may
be shut off from engaging in business in certain lines, but
there are other channels open to you.
At different periods the tide of opportunity sets in different
directions, according to the needs of the whole and the particu-
lar stage of social evolution which has been reached. There is
abundance of opportunity for the person who will go with the
tide, instead of trying to swim against it.
So workers, either as individuals or as a class, are not deprived
of opportunity. The workers are not being ìkept downî by their
masters; they are not being ìgroundî by the trusts and big busi-
ness. As a class, they are where they are because they do not do
things in a certain way.
The working class may become the master class whenever they
will begin to do things in a certain way. The law of wealth is the
same for them as it is for all others. This they must learn, and
they will remain where they are as long as they continue to do as
they do. The individual worker, however, is not held down by
an entire classís ignorance of these laws; he can follow the tide
of opportunity to riches, and this book will tell him how.
No one is kept in poverty by a shortness in the supply of riches;
there is more than enough for all. A palace as large as the capitol
at Washington might be built for every family on earth from the
building material in the United States alone, and under inten-
sive cultivation this country would produce wool, cotton, linen,
and silk enough to clothe each person in the world finer than
Solomon was arrayed in all his glory, together with food enough
to feed them all luxuriously.
The visible supply is practically inexhaustible, and the invis-
ible supply really is inexhaustible.
Everything you see on earth is made from one original substance,
out of which all things proceed. New forms are constantly being
made, and older ones are dissolving, but all are shapes assumed
by one thing.
No one is kept in
poverty by a shortness
in the supply of riches;
there is more than
enough for all.
There is no limit to the supply of formless stuff, or original
substance. The universe is made out of it, but it was not all used
in making the universe. The spaces in, through, and between the
forms of the visible universe are permeated and filled with the
original substance, with the formless stuff – with the raw mate-
rial of all things.
Ten thousand times as much as has been made
might still be made, and even then we should not have exhausted
the supply of universal raw material.
No one, therefore, is poor because nature is poor or because
there is not enough to go around.
Nature is an inexhaustible storehouse of riches; the supply will
never run short. Original substance is alive with creative energy,
and is constantly producing more forms. When the supply of
building material is exhausted, more will be produced. When
the soil is exhausted so that food stuffs and materials for cloth-
ing will no longer grow upon it, it will be renewed or more soil
will be made. When all the gold and silver has been dug from
the earth, if humanity is still in such a stage of social develop-
ment that it needs gold and silver, more will produced from the
formless. The formless stuff responds to the needs of mankind;
it will not let the world be without any good thing.
This is true of humankind collectively. The race as a whole is
always abundantly rich, and if individuals are poor it is because
they do not follow the certain way of doing things which makes
the individual rich.
The formless stuff is intelligent; it is stuff which thinks. It is
alive and is always impelled toward more life.
It is the natural and inherent impulse of life to seek to live
more; it is the nature of intelligence to enlarge itself, and of con-
sciousness to seek to extend its boundaries and find fuller ex-
pression. The universe of forms has been made by formless liv-
ing substance throwing itself into form in order to express itself
The universe is a great living presence, always moving inher-
ently toward more life and fuller functioning. Nature is formed
for the advancement of life, and its impelling motive is the in-
crease of life. Because of this, everything which can possibly
minister to life is bountifully provided. There can be no lack un-
less God is to contradict himself and nullify his own works.
You are not kept poor by lack in the supply of riches. It is a
fact which I shall demonstrate a little farther on that even the
resources of the formless supply are at the command of the man
or woman who will act and think in a certain way.
the resources of the
formless supply are at
the command of the
man or woman who will
act and think in a