My Philosophy

    by L. Ron Hubbard

  The subject of philosophy is very ancient. The word means: "The
  love, study or pursuit of wisdom, or of knowledge of things and
  their causes, whether theoretical or practical."

  All we know of science or of religion comes from philosophy. It
  lies behind and above all other knowledge we have or use.

  For long regarded as a subject reserved for halls of learning and
  the intellectual, the subject, to a remarkable degree, has been
  denied the man in the street.

  Surrounded by protective coatings of impenetrable scholarliness,
  philosophy has been reserved to the privileged few.

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

  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

  The second principle of my own philosophy is that it must be
  capable of being applied.

  Learning locked in mildewed books is of little use to anyone
  therefore of no value unless it can be used.

  The third principle is that any philosophic knowledge is only
  valuable if it is true or if it works.

  These three principles are so strange to the field of philosophy,
  that I have given my philosophy a name: Scientology. This means
  only "knowing how to know."

  A philosophy can only be a *route* to knowledge. It cannot be
  crammed down one's throat. If one has a route, he can then find
  what is true for him. And that is Scientology.

  Know thyself...and the truth shall set you free.

  Therefore, in Scientology, we are not concerned with individual
  actions or differences. We are only concerned with how to show man
  how he can set himself free.

  This, of course, is not very popular with those who depend upon the
  slavery of others for their living or power. But it happens to be
  the only way I have found that really improves an individual's

  Suppression and oppression are the basic causes of depression. If
  you relieve those a person can lift his head, become well, become
  happy with life.

  And though it may be unpopular with the slave master, it is very
  popular with the people.

  Common man likes to be happy and well. He likes to be able to
  understand things, and he knows that his route to freedom lies
  through knowledge.

  Therefore, for 15 years I have had mankind knocking on my door. It
  has not mattered where I have lived or how remote, since I first
  published a book on the subject my life has no longer been my own.

  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.

  These shadows look so thick to him and weigh him down so that when
  he finds they *are* shadows and that he can see through them, walk
  through them and be again in the sun, he is enormously delighted.
  And I am afraid I am just as delighted as he is.

  I have seen much human misery. As a very young man I wandered
  through Asia and saw the agony and misery of overpopulated and
  underdeveloped lands. I have seen people uncaring and stepping over
  dying men in the streets. I have seen children less than rags and
  bones. And amongst this poverty and degradation I found holy places
  where wisdom was great, but where it was carefully hidden and given
  out only as superstition. Later, in Western universities, I saw man
  obsessed with materiality and with all his cunning; I saw him hide
  what little wisdom he really had in forbidding halls and make it
  inaccessible to the common and less favored man. I have been
  through a terrible war and saw its terror and pain uneased by a
  single word of decency and humanity.

  I have led no cloistered life and hold in contempt the wise man who
  has not *lived* and the scholar who will not share.

  There have been many wiser men than I, but few have travelled as
  much road.

  I have seen life from the top down and the bottom up. I know how it
  looks both ways. And I know there *is* wisdom and that there is

  Blinded with injured optic nerves, and lame with physical injuries
  to hip and back at the end of World War II, I faced an almost
  nonexistent future. My service record states: "This officer has no
  neurotic or psychotic tendencies of any kind whatsoever," but it
  also states "permanently disabled physically."

  And so there came a further blow...I was abandoned by family and
  friends as a supposedly hopeless cripple and a probable burden upon
  them for the rest of my days. I yet worked my way back to fitness and
  strength in less than two years, using only what I knew and could
  determine about man and his relationship to the universe. I had no
  one to help me; what I had to know I had to find out. And it's
  quite a trick studying when you cannot see.

  I became used to being told it was all impossible, that there was
  no way, no hope. Yet I came to see again and walk again, and I
  built an entirely new life. It is a happy life, a busy one and I
  hope a useful one. My only moments of sadness are those which come
  when bigoted men tell others all is bad and there is no route
  anywhere, no hope anywhere, nothing but sadness and sameness and
  desolation, and that every effort to help others is false. I know
  it is not true.

  So my own philosophy is that one should share what wisdom he has,
  one should help others to help themselves, and one should keep
  going despite heavy weather for there is always a calm ahead. One
  should also ignore catcalls from the selfish intellectual who
  cries: "Don't expose the mystery. Keep it all for ourselves. The
  people cannot understand."

  But as I have never seen wisdom do any good kept to oneself, and as
  I like to see others happy, and as I find the vast majority of the
  people can and *do* understand, I will keep on writing and working
  and teaching so long as I exist.

  For I know no man who has any monopoly upon the wisdom of this
  universe. It belongs to those who *can* use it to help themselves
  and others.

  If things were a little better known and understood, we would all
  lead happier lives.

  And there is a way to know them and there is a way to freedom.

  The old must give way to the new, falsehood must become exposed
  by truth, and truth, though fought, always in the end prevails.

  (Source: "My Philosophy", L. Ron Hubbard, 1965.)