The Philosophy of Scientology
Life is basically a Game
This is an attempt to cover the basic philosophy very briefly.
Scientology is best comprehensible if one takes the viewpoint that life is basically a game.
A game consists of "freedoms", "barriers" and "purposes" . (LRH)
(Already in 1934 the name "Scientology" appears as the title of a work by the German philosopher Dr. A. Nordenholz. His "Science of Knowledge" has quite some similarity to the philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard.)
A person playing a game is involved in it to a greater or lesser degree. He loses control over the game the more it becomes compulsive for him. He gets involved with interferences from others, agreements and non-agreements, with creation and destruction, he gets entangled in games not of his own, and in the end he winds up rather being a piece or a broken piece than a player.
One of the most important targets of Scientology is the rehabilitation of the person as "Player" and the rehabilitation of his "Spirit of Play".
In 1952 on a lecture series in Philadelphia, Hubbard said that
Hubbard continues (quote):
To make a piece continue to be a piece, permit it to associate only with pieces and deny the existence of players. Never let the pieces find out that there are players." (Philadelphie Doctorate Course, 1952, Lecture 39 "Game Processing", Page 51 of the lecture transcript)
Capt. Bill Robertson covered the rehabilitation of players under this aspect and the current situation in which especially the people on earth are involved, in his Tech and Admin Briefings as well as in his lectures about the "New Civilization" which are highly recommended reading.
About the current situation on earth he says:
"Imagine a cell. Six walls. A cell, no door, no window. A being inside that cell. However the cell is 20 feet across and 20 feet high and 20 feet wide. But the being, his diameter is only 19 feet. His awareness is only 19 feet. Does he see the walls? No! Now, if you are suppressive what you do is you give the guy in the middle some drugs and you give him some 'bumpf' on the TV and you make him think he is a one lifetimer and his awareness finally goes down to 18 feet. And when it goes down to 18 feet you move the walls in to 19 feet.
In the development of Dianetics and later Scientology, Hubbard found out that there must be a life unit which on the one hand is involved in "life" and a "universe", but on the other hand is also capable of "creating a universe" . This life unit can be separated from the universe and it is able to exist without any universe.
He named it a "Static" and defined it as something which has no motion, no wavelength, no position in time and space, so to say a pure "Potential".
In the Scientology Axioms and Factors he develops a whole system, a whole series of statements about the involvement of this Static in a game. His early lectures of the fifties about Scientology as a Philosophy and Science, the Philadelphia Doctorate Course (PDC), the Hubbard Clinical Lectures (HCL), to name only a few, cover life as a game.
By entering a game a person, being or spirit, subjects himself to an "action cycle" of starting, changing and stopping .
By entering an action cycle a person is subjected to so-called conditions in the game which simply show how much he is winning or losing. Hubbard covered this in his writings about Ethics.
The more a person is able to carry through with such an action cycle or with action cycles in general he is "operating". He is self-determined then.
The more he is unable to carry out action cycles the more he is "other-determined".
This "other determinism" can be, for instance, the sickness of his own body which prohibits what he wants to do. It can be difficulties with the job, down to not knowing who he is at all. And it can also be some kind of force which deliberately is keeping him on a level of "piece".
The "bridge", as the Scientologist calls the technical application of Scientology, has the purpose to pick a person up at a certain level and rehabilitate and also increase his abilities and his awareness.
If you want to get an understanding of what Scientology is all about you have to differentiate in:
Conceptual understanding is of importance here. Not everything Hubbard said is of equal value. He had his own opinion and he, too, has his right to his own opinion.
In a lecture in Philadelphia he said in 1952:
"Now, I'm not asking you to look at this subject through my eyes.
Also, about religion he said (freely quoted):
A religion is something else than a religious philosophy. Totally different. Religion is the thing which is given to people as a pack about which they should't think with reason... it is used to control people. Honestly. (HCL 27)
Interesting, isn't it?
It's easy to take a certain statement of a man who said some million words and even recorded them or wrote them down and blame him for something. Sure...
However, by differentiating a little bit, one can get the true intention of what Hubbard tried to accomplish with Scientology.
He didn't want to make new slaves or create another instrument of controlling people. He really wanted to help mankind and, at least, we in the Free Zone owe him a great respect for that.