Unformatted text preview: H CAPITAL consists not alone of money, but more particularly of highly organized,
intelligent groups of men who plan ways and means of using money efﬁciently for
the good of the public, and proﬁtably to themselves. These groups consist of scientists, educators, chemists, inventors, business analysts, publicity men, transportation experts, accountants, lawyers, doctors, and both men and women who
have highly specialized knowledge in all ﬁelds of industry and business.
They pioneer, experiment, and blaze trails in new ﬁelds of endeavor. They support colleges, hospitals, public schools, build good roads, publish newspapers,
pay most of the cost of government, and take care of the multitudinous detail essential to human progress.
Stated brieﬂy, the capitalists are the brains of civilization, because they supply
the entire fabric of which all education, enlightenment and human progress consists.
Money, without brains, always is dangerous. Properly used, it is the most important essential of civilization. The simple breakfast here described could not have
been delivered to the New York family at a dime each, or at any other price, if organized capital had not provided the machinery, the ships, the railroads, and the
huge armies of trained men to operate them.
Some slight idea of the importance of ORGANIZED CAPITAL may be had by trying to imagine yourself burdened with the responsibility of collecting, without the
aid of capital, and delivering to the New York City family, the simple breakfast
To supply the tea, you would have to make a trip to China or India, both a very
long way from America. Unless you are an excellent swimmer, you would become
rather tired before making the round trip. Then, too, another problem would confront you.
What would you use for money, even if you had the physical endurance to swim
To supply the sugar, you would have to take another long swim to Cuba, or a
long walk to the sugar beet section of Utah. But even then, you might come back
without the sugar, because organized effort and money are necessary to produce
sugar, to say nothing of what is required to reﬁne, transport, and deliver it to the
breakfast table anywhere in the United States. 120 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH The eggs, you could deliver easily enough from the barn yards near New York
City, but you would have a very long walk to Florida and return, before you could
serve the two glasses of grapefruit juice. You would have another long walk, to
Kansas, or one of the other wheat growing states, when you went after the four
slices of wheat bread.
The Rippled Wheat Biscuits would have to be omitted from the menu, because
they would not be available except through the labor of a trained organization of
men and suitable machinery, ALL OF WHICH CALL FOR CAPITAL.
While resting, you could take off for another little swim down to South America,
where you would pick up a couple of bananas, and on your return, you could
take a short walk to the nearest farm having a dairy and pic...
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