Monday, September 24, 2007

What is the Scope of Dianetics?

L. Ron Hubbard began the Dianetics book with a chapter titled "The Scope of Dianetics" with one of the most famous quotations of this book—one of my favorites:

"A science of mind is a goal which has engrossed thousands of generations of Man. Armies, dynasties and whole civilizations have perished for the lack of it. Rome went to dust for the want of it. China swims in blood for the need of it. And down in the arsenal is an atom bomb, its hopeful nose full-armed in ignorance of it."

Dianetics is just such a science of the Mind, and with the June release, by David Miscavige, of the new editions of all basic Dianetics & Scientology books and lectures, it has really come into its own.

And none too soon. The condition of our world is, if anything, far worse than that of 1950. Because added to the threat of nuclear annihilation, we have also managed in the intervening 57 years to destroy our environment, wipe out countless species, and invent or fail to contain (depending on whether you are a conspiracy theorist or not) AIDS, which is causing a genocide in Third World countries.

Anyone unwilling to simply stand by and watch this continue down at the breakneck speed at which it is traveling would do well to read Dianetics.

The primary step in resolving the broad activities of man could be considered to be the resolving of the activities of the mind itself.— L. Ron Hubbard -- Scientology founder

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