|Lecture: Statics and Motions|
Hubbard remarks about faith; disparages other religions on this subject.
Now, you can get a shadow of ARC by the creation of statics—belief: “You have to love Mama,” and so on.
“Because I say so.”
That operation immediately starts the child down on the dwindling spiral. But this is what you are processing out of people; you are processing beliefs out of them.
I don’t want you to believe a single one of these axioms until you have looked it over and seen what you have seen in the physical universe. Otherwise, the same thing will happen here that happened in organized religion, and we don’t want anything to do with that. They say, “Now, you’ve got to have faith, and we’re going to explain to you so you will understand.” You might as well say “The reason why we have a can of lampblack here is because it’s all full of white paint—but it’s lampblack.”
“Have faith, and now you understand why you have faith.”
People say, “But I don’t understand why it is that Mohammedanism and Buddhism and Christianity are so much alike and yet they had all these fights.” They might as well save their breath. They are talking about faith and there is no understanding on the subject required!
Now, authoritarianism is a static. That is why it is not liked. Somebody says “Now, you’ve got to believe so-and-so and so-and-so about this,” and people say, “Why?”
—L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 09 October 1951: Statics and Motions
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