|Lecture: Man's Search and Scientology's Answers|
|Hubbard vs. Christianity|
Here's an early spin Hubbard put on demons, hell and volcanoes, before his,"research" into OT 3.
Now, true enough in Scientology we have done an awful lot of describing, but as a description on a brand-new level of action. What I describe in a book you can look for and find at once. And a book on Scientology is not a book of philosophy to air the erudite and aesthetic opinions of LRH. It is a road map of where it is, what it is - if you want to look at it. And the end product is not reading a book. The end product is taking a look at it.
Now, the only reason a road map is necessary is because so many phony road maps have been issued. And a book on Scientology becomes necessary if one has had the misfortune of being educated in the twentieth century in a public school.
Female voice: I agree.
You've been told all sorts of things - via-via-via, wiggle-wiggle, alter-is, not-is. And a book on Scientology is a road map out of a morass of "don't looks." Do you see that?
That's all it is.
But we have achieved a subject then. But the subject itself embraces life and the subject of the subject is life: livingness, actingness, doingness, beingness, and havingness.
Now that is the subject of Scientology.
The subject of Scientology is not Professor Fromptf's contradiction of Professor Snodgrass's Phrumpfs. It is not a learned dissertation on how many angels can stand on the head of a pin.
I ran across a book the other day which was used until recently by a very large and profitable organization. I think it has - its central organization is in, just a minute, don't tell me - its central organization, it's someplace over in Europe. A lot of our troops took it recently, but they left this central organization alone. I don't know why. Rome, that's right - Rome. I knew it was some town where the plumbing was sort of outside.
And they talk all about demon exorcism. But I assure you, they had to invent the demon before they could exorcise him.
There is a great deal of material of a discursive nature on whether or not man is going to go to heaven or going to go to hell. And a lot of attempts to put in his hands some sort of a road map that will take him to either place. But the key question has never been asked: Is there heaven? Is there hell?
I've been looking recently and I can't find them.
Imagine the disappointment of somebody who kicks off, well aware of having led an exemplary life, gets a knock all ready, and can't find any Pearly Gates. He would then feel he was rather lost. Just as you would feel lost if you were told to go to Brumpfville and nobody had ever built it. But that's no reason for an individual to believe he's wrong just because he can't find Brumpfville. The question is: Is there such a town?
Now if somebody wants to come up and say, "Look, here's a road map: You take two turns to the right; three good turns to the left; three pennies in the collection plate; and a couple of Ave Marias - and there's the Pearly Gates." If somebody comes up with that, I follow the directions, I arrive at the Pearly Gates; I'll go back and shake him by the hand.
But I've read several road maps on the subject recently, exteriorized rather neatly - went around. As near as I can find out somebody fell into one of the volcanoes out in the South Pacific or something one time, and got an idea that hell existed. But I don't know what kind of a shape a thetan would be in to be bothered by a little heat!
These road maps that man has been given to read all had a pitch. They had a pitch - they were to make him be good for somebody else's benefit but not his own. That is my opinion, for what it's worth. To make him produce for somebody else - not himself.
All of these road maps have been written out of a misguided idea that you have to have slaves. And I've seen slaves around, and I've never found them doing anything but giving trouble. Man cannot afford slavery. It isn't whether or not slavery is bad or slavery is good, or whether it's esoteric or against the Emancipation 24th Amendment, or the 29th, or which ever one that is.
That is not the point.
The point is, can people afford to have slavery in their vicinity? On a national level, can any nation afford to have a poor, bunged-up neighbor? No. Can any nation afford to wreck the government of another nation? No.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 4 July 1957: Man's Search and Scientology's Answers
(See L. Ron Hubbard's Admissions re: "Men are your slaves."
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