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The first step toward getting rich is to convey the idea of your wants to the formless substance. This is true, and you will see that in order to do so it becomes necessary to relate yourself to the formless intelligence in a harmonious way.
To secure this harmonious relationship is a matter of such primary and vital importance that I will give some space to its discussion here. I will give you instructions which, if you follow them, will be certain to bring you into a perfect unity of mind with God.
The whole process of mental adjustment and atunement can be summed up in one word: gratitude.
First, you believe that there is one intelligent substance from which all things proceed. Secondly, you believe that this substance gives you everything you desire. And, thirdly, you relate yourself to it through a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.
Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude. Having received one gift from God, they cut the wires which connect them with Him by failing to make acknowledgment.
It is easy to understand that the nearer we live to the source of wealth, the more wealth we shall receive. It is also easy to understand that a soul that is always grateful lives in closer touch with God than one who never looks to Him in thankful acknowledgment.
When good things come to us, the more gratefully we fix our mind on the Supreme Power, the more good things we will receive - and the more rapidly they will come. The reason for this is simply that the mental attitude of gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come.
Wallace D. Wattles
You may be asking yourself, this is such obvious tripe, why are you even bothering to post that crap here? I guess the reason this particular piece of vomit caught my attention is for that very reason, that it is tripe. This material was e-mailed to me as a "thought for the day" from the weight-lifting fitness newsletter I belong to. How this is supposed to inspire me to work on sculpting my triceps, I don't think I will ever fully understand.
It is, however, the perfect example of how much American society as a whole expects a person to submit to the idea of a god (sorry..."formless substance"). Even though not everyone believes in the same higher being or even a higher being at all, it is assumed, no it is demanded, that one act respectfully towards everyone who does believe.
Most Americans will stand around and snicker if they hear racist remarks or derragatory comments about homosexuals. But if a person stands up and says, "Anyone who believes in a 'formless substance' has their head so far up their arse, that they shouldn't be allowed to breed." Well, there would be an absolute riot. How dare you treat people that way? You may not share my beliefs, but you have to respect them.
Do I? Do I really have to "respect" them? I might have to grudgingly acknowledge your right to hold those beliefs, but "respect"? No, no poor deluded fundy. I am under no obligation to "respect" your beliefs. For clarity's sake, something the fundies shudder at the thought of, let's take a quick look at the meaning of "respect"
respect: deferential or high regard, esteem.
deferential: courteous submission to the opinions, wishes, or judgments of another.
Well with those two definitions under my belt I can certainly see why fundies demand "respect". It's that tricky little word "deferential" that they are really asking for- "courteous submission".
I think it is the repugnant notion of "courteous submission" that turns so many christian/atheist discussions into "raving invective" instead of civillized debate.