Scientology assumes that every man can be more able than he is. And then goes ahead with very precise techniques to make him so.
Nothing like this has EVER happened before.
A body of knowledge has arisen, has been codified, has been tested, which does certain specific and spectacular things which does not belong lock, stock and barrel to any vested interest in the world. This is fantastic. This has never occurred before.
Dianetics and Scientology today are free. They have no commitments. The organizations have no commit- ments, because the research and development was done with the finance and the assistance of the people of the organizations themselves. There was no huge subsidy.
There’s something to be said for freedom. There’s something to be said for an enterprise and an activity which is done by its own people on their own finance and with their own will to win and not because some- body is paying them a fat salary.
We’ve had very lean times. But always somehow somewhere we’ve managed to work a little harder, just as the good people of Dianetics and Scientology have managed to work a little harder, find a couple of more dollars, which is just about the way it has run. And the end result is that the people of the world, represented by the people in Dianetics and Scientology, own this whole trunkful of material which can resolve the pro- blems of the human mind.
What would have happened today if the Ford Foundation or some other organization had handed into my hands or the hands of the organization some huge sum of money and had said “here now, here we go”? We would be here today knowing nothing about organizations and probably 75% of the material which we have amassed would not be present. There’s a difference between doing things with a dollar and doing them with a will. And not all the money in Christendom could buy the wisdom of Dianetics and Scientology.
We have carried forward from small results, but better than man had before, small organizations that were no bigger than they had to be, up to a point where we’ve got a good sound functioning organization which is financially very capable, that is to say it’s paid its bills, doesn’t have thousands and millions of dollars, but it’s paid its bills, and it can carry along and do what it’s supposed to do.
And more important than that, we have processes today which we could absolutely rely upon to raise somebody’s ability. And we could certainly straighten them out so that they could decide whether they wanted to die or wanted to live. And, if they were not acutely ill, we could do a great deal for them. We don’t know any cases too far south, if they are simply mediumly well and not acutely ill or completely insane—that’s far south merely because there’s hardly any person there at all. But not given that, we have hit pretty much rock bottom. We can take any of the cases now, and we can straighten them out.
We can straighten out any organizational problems that we have, even though some of them might appear greater to you than they do to me.
We have then arrived. We can do what we say we can do.
It means a better life for an awful lot of people, a much better life.
We’ve not only arrived, we’ve arrived without being owned. We’ve arrived with nobody to say us nay about how we use what we know.
We don’t have to use what we know to sell this or that or push this or push that. We don’t have to repress a paragraph here and a book there. We can say anything we know.
And because we ourselves, you, me, people in the organizations, can say what we want to say, and use the material any way that we think it should be used, it will then be used for greater freedom and for an all out advance for Mankind.
And that’s why I’m here.
Excerpted from the lecture “Goals of Dianetics and Scientology”, 1955, by L. Ron Hubbard, part of the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course.