Blog: Is Spirit of Quality or Quantity? - 2013-03-27
For the first several years of L. Ron Hubbard's research into a path to enlightenment, his focus was on simplicity. In that wise, his quest aligned perfectly with the ancient universal truths he sought to make more easily and uniformly attainable. Those truths, per Hubbard, were particularly well articulated by Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha), and Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching. Hubbard seemed to understand, and could communicate in modern language, the Buddhist and Taoist descriptions of the spiritual, the difficult to conceptualize ideas of 'emptiness' or 'nothingness.' Hubbard lectured as follows on 1 December 1954:
You can have a quality in complete absence of a quantity. You don't have to be "a quart of good boy." And this was what he (the scientist) was assuming, see. The next time you see a pound of lust, send it around and we'll put it in a museum. These things are not quantitative.
So we had to get out of quantitative thinking, thinking in terms of objects and masses, before we had any real comprehension of existence. And this was very easy to do. Very easy to do. You merely had to define what zero was . And we find that life, basically the awareness of awareness unit in life, is not a thing of quantity – not even vaguely of quantity. It is a thing of quality, of ability.