This is what L. Ron Hubbard wrote in the introduction to Fundamentals of Thought — the last scientology book he published. (The cover of the first edition identifies him as L. Ron Hubbard, C.E., Ph. D – both self appointed credentials)
He wrote this, but because of the claims about his “science” and himself, Hubbard attributed this as an “Editors Note.” But make no mistake, these words were written by L. Ron Hubbard. And they form the introduction to his ultimate summation of the subject of scientology in book form. Though this has been edited to be more palatable and defensible in the “Basic Books” edition, this is what L. Ron Hubbard thought was appropriate to introduce new people to himself and scientology. He stated the purpose of this book was to be translated into all languages to serve as the first book of scientology for new people. He included alternate words in parentheses for terms he thought might be difficult to translate as he wanted to ensure his “science” was properly understood and nothing was “lost in translation.”
I have included only certain parts of the introduction, noting deletions with ellipses.
I also highlighted in red the passages I thought most noteworthy.
THE VITAL STATISTICS OF SCIENTOLOGY
What is Scientology?
Scientology is that branch of psychology which treats of (embraces) human ability. It is an extension of DIANETICS which is in itself an extension of old-time faculty-psychology of 400 years ago. …
Scientology is actually a new but very basic psychology in the most exact meaning of the word. It can and does change behavior and intelligence, and it can and does assist people to study life….
Scientology, used by the trained and untrained person, improves the health, intelligence, ability, behavior, skill and appearance of people.
It is a precise and exact science, designed for an age of exact sciences.
It is employed by an AUDITOR (a Scientology practitioner) upon individuals or small or large groups of people in their presence. The Auditor makes these people, at their choice, do various exercises, and these exercises (processes) bring about changes for the better in intelligence, behavior and general competence. It is employed as well by persons in business and government to solve problems and to establish better organization.
It is also employed by the average person to bring better order into life.
Is Scientology Valid?
Tens of thousands of case histories (reports on persons who have been processed, individual records) all sworn to (attested before public officials), are in the possession of the organizations of Scientology. No other subject on earth except physics and chemistry has had such gruelling testing (proofs, exact findings). Scientology in the hands of an expert (Auditor) can restore man’s ability to handle any and all of his problems. Scientology is used by some of the largest companies (business organizations) on Earth. It is valid. It has been tested. It is the only thoroughly tested system of improving human relations, intelligence and character, and is the only one which does.
What Special Use Does Scientology Have?
Scientology does things for people where nothing has been done before. It restores people’s ability to handle conditions which were once considered hopeless. It increases their intelligence. It changes their competence and betters their behavior. In addition to these it brings them a better understanding of life.
Who Invented Scientology?
Scientology was discovered (found), not invented (created). It was organized by L. Ron Hubbard, an American, who has many degrees and is very skilled by reason of study. Hubbard was trained in nuclear physics at George Washington University in Washington, D. C., before he started his studies about the mind. This explains the mathematical precision of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard has been given many honors for his work in the field of the mind. He has been assisted by one of the largest organizations, numerically speaking, in the field of the mind on Earth today, the organizations of Dianetics and Scientology.
What amazing chutzpah.
Nobody ever accused L. Ron Hubbard of selling himself or his “science” short!
Happy 4th of July to everyone who calls the US home. Enjoy the day and remember the freedoms guaranteed by the Founding Fathers, the most important of which ensures you and everyone else has the right to express your views freely. Unless of course you are part of a group that frowns on free expression…. but even that is set forth in the Bill of Rights. Who would want it any other way?