|Lecture: Forget and Remember, Good and Evil|
|Hubbard vs. Christianity|
Hubbard lectures on the nature of the universe, love, hate, how to make a man evil, and what his meaning of good and evil.
This is a love-hate universe. What do you think a ridge is? A ridge basically is a symptom of anger, hate. If you really want to get somebody mired beautifully, get him to hate something and start cutting his communication lines on hate.
You'd say hate is unacceptable. No, it isn't. Christianity made it scarce. Those Christian cults which have best succeeded, however, and when it was really roaring across the countryside and hillsides through America, boy, you were supposed to get down there and really hate that devil. That devil was something that was a concrete thing. There was no doubt about that devil at all. In fact, he had far more importance than God or Christ. You had fellows like Billy Sunday, an ex-baseball player. He played to tremendous crowds, stadiums full of people. And he'd get up there and he'd start talking about "fighting the devil." He'd been a baseball player and chewed tobacco and had been wicked in all directions until all of a sudden he saw the light. And he used to get up on the stage and he'd roll off his coat and roll up his sleeves and stand there with a pugilist posture and dare the devil to come up on the stage and fight him, see. Very dramatic! And America bought this just like mad. Of course, this fellow was trying to be "Sunday." And you had him very successful at it.
So that Christianity and religion of that character actually only works on two emotions: hate and love. There isn't any in-between about it and you've got a love-hate universe going.
Now love, the way it's defined, is really not admiration. It's just a sort of a surrender.
There's too many gradients of it to just say love and then let it go. What do they mean by love? Well, you've got to love your neighbor. I never saw anybody jumping out of the front door of the house and rushing over, throwing his arms around old Mr. Jones or something like that; and yet they understand this, that people will tell you who never did that, that they love their neighbor. It's a sort of a flat, no-emotion proposition of "let's all lie down and die."
And you've got, then, the other condition: you've got to hate evil. Well, the whole tenet of resistance to evil is one to which I recommend you as an auditor for an investigation of what has happened to your preclear. The theory of resistance to evil. Denial of self and resistance to evil are two keynotes in understanding what goes on in a preclear.
People have made him resist evil. Now, you can see readily that if you have two objects and one object is made to fight the other object, the two are going to set up resistances to each other in terms of electronic flow, in terms of just mass against mass, in terms of heat, and so on. These things are going to hang up and neither one of them is going to go anyplace.
Keep that in mind, neither one of them is going to go anyplace. Resistance to evil is the way to make a man evil.
This explains to you the astonishing decays in the past of churches and their priests.
They will resist evil and resist evil and boy, they really get nice and evil. You can't have a pure line of communication which goes into an evil spot because at least that part of the communication line which is in the evil spot is going to become evil.
What is evil? Well, evil would just be anything you'd care to make it – just anything. There is no thing under this sun, under the sun anywhere, that you can set up and say, "That is evil."
And I guess you would get evil defined as something you didn't like. So, if you started resisting everything you didn't like, you wouldn't have anything you liked in a very, very short time.
The panacea for all ills in this universe is not love, but actually admiration. Admiration melts everything down. So, if they get you to resist evil, they're turning you away toward things you can't admire so you never have a chance to melt it down.
What's evil? It's what you don't like, that's what's evil. What's good? Well, it's that thing you like, that's what's good. Real easy.
What do you like? Well, you walk down the street here and you'll find one fellow would just love to run over little schoolchildren. Well, you'll find the society won't agree with him. He could just dote on the idea of the maimed and dying and the screams thereof. Well, the society wouldn't agree with him but as far as he's concerned that's "good."
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 19 October 1953: Forget and Remember, Good and Evil
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