Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The World Scene -- Has it Really Changed?

I was just reading the Dianetics book and came across one of my favorite passages.

When I first read this, America was at war and Viet Nam was where the US and the Soviet Union were squaring off. We were right in the heart of the arms race. "Terrorism" hadn't made it into our vocabulary. Al Queda had yet to be born. Iran was an ally and Iraq wasn't a subject of discussion.

The more things change the more they remain the same?

Here's the quote. I think you will see what I mean.

"No nation ever fully won a war. No nation ever finally triumphed by force of arms. No nation ever averted war by posing threat or exhibiting defense.

"Man is now faced, by these pyramiding hatreds, with weapons so powerful that Man himself may vanish from the Earth. There is no problem in the control of these weapons. They explode when and where Man tells them to explode. The problem is in the control of Man.

"There is no national problem in the world today which cannot be resolved by reason alone. All factors inhibiting a solution of the problem of war and weapons are arbitrary factors and have no more validity than the justified explanations of a their or murdered."

I recommend to anyone who really wants to do something effective about the situation we live in to read the Dianetics book. Last month a new edition of this book was released, as announced by David Miscavige at an international Scientology event. You can find a copy at the web site for Bridge Publications.

I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days.— Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard