Blogging Dianetics, Part 3: The Meaning of Life! - 2013-01-18
Welcome to our ongoing project, where we blog a 1950 first edition of Scientology's bible, Dianetics, with the help of ex-Scientologist, Bay Area lawyer, and writer Vance Woodward. Go here for the first post in the series.
Last week, L. Ron Hubbard explained that there's a superman inside each one of us that he calls a "clear," and his "dianetic therapy" is going to help us retrieve a clear's super abilities — vivid technicolor recall of our memories, enhanced intelligence, imperviousness to ailments, and good eyesight — by ridding us of our "aberrations." (In the introduction to the book he tells us this should take about 20 hours of exercises to make us go clear.)
Now, in the third chapter of the book (and the second full chapter), "The Goal of Man," Hubbard says that he's unlocked the secret of our existence. What is the purpose of our lives on Earth? His answer is simply one word: "SURVIVE!"