The Object of All Life

The object of all life is development:

and everything that lives has an inalienable right

to all the development it is capable of attaining.

— Wallace D. Wattles



In his seminal book, The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles taught that there is a non-physical substance between the physical which is the origin of the physical. It is all controlled by thought. Thought is the key to accessing this non-physical pre-substance to create physical from it. The key to his teaching is to create value from the ether, the knowing substance of creation.

According to Wallace, there are two prerequisites for living an Abundant Life (or, as he puts it; Getting Rich):

  • Belief
  • Gratitude

Belief (extracted from


noun — An acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. A trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.

Gratitude (extracted from




The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.”

– Cicero

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