Monday, September 18, 2006

L. Ron Hubbard's Philosophy

There are many definitions of the world "Philosophy."

For example:

  • Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.
  • Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.

  • A system of values by which one lives
L. Ron Hubbard developed an applied religion philosophy called "Scientology." (fitting the second definition above)

But he also shared his personal "system of values" by which he lived in his essay called "My Philosophy.

And the first thing he wrote about it was this:

"The first principle of my philosophy is that wisdom is meant for anyone who wishes to reach for it. It is the servant of commoner and king alike and should never be regarded with awe."

And true to his word, although his works explore the very nature of man and the universe, he wrote up his research in terms anyone could understand.

As he explained it:

" Selfish scholars seldom forgive anyone who seeks to break down the walls of mystery and let the people in. Will Durant, the modern American philosopher, was relegated to the scrap heap by his fellow scholars when he wrote a popular book on the subject, The Outline of Philosophy. Thus brickbats come the way of any who seek to bring wisdom to the people over the objections of the 'inner circle.'"