The Philosophy & Technology of Scientology
By Michael Moore
"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."
The word Philosophy comes from the Greek, from philo - loving and Sophia - knowledge or wisdom which came from sophis meaning wise or learned.
The word Technology also comes from the Greek, Tekhnologia meaning 'a systematic treatment of an art, craft or technique.' This came originally from techno meaning art or skill and the Latin word logica and Greek logike meaning 'reasoning or reason, idea.'
So philosophy is the wisdom or learned understanding and technology is the systematic art, process or treatment.
The term SCIENTOLOGY is taken from the Latin word SCIO (knowing in the fullest meaning of the word) and the Greek word LOGOS (study).
The word Scientology, as we know, means 'the study of knowing' or literally, 'knowing how to know.'
So the philosophy and technology of Scientology can be said to be:
Knowing how to know the wisdom and learned understanding of life and the individual and the way or method of applying this wisdom and learned understanding
Whereas in many cases philosophers develop a metaphysical philosophy, based upon their own observations and conclusion, usually leaving it there, L. Ron Hubbard took it a step further and developed not just the philosophy of life, but also the method of applying it.
"The second principle of my own philosophy is that it must be capable of being applied."
Guidelines in the application, particularly as applied to improving the individual through the process of a defined process of self discovery by the individual, were developed on a simple premise. That when applied exactly, the result should be predictable on a one for one basis.
To achieve this exactness, Hubbard used basic engineering principles that applied specific applications to achieve an end result. Bridge building is a useful analogy here. When building a bridge various factors need to be taken into account, Gravity being the prime factor. Other factors include, the environment, weather for the area, wind, temperature and so forth. Also include utilising the correct materials, the length or span and method of hold the bridge up. If any of these factors are omitted then the bridge will fail or at least not perform according to expectations.
Taking this approach gives a better understanding of the importance of following the application exactly as application that Hubbard presented is based solely upon the philosophy developed.
Where an application is incorrectly applied, mis applied or deliberately changed or altered, therefore, it can be seen that the understanding of the philosophy underlying the application is poorly understood. As with the bridge building, if one does not understands the principles upon which a bridge should be build, ones application of bridge building technology is going to be faulty and result in a different result than expected. In Scientology also, as in bridge building, there are no different principles to building one bridge from another. The basic philosophy or principles of bridge building apply to all bridges, not just a select few. And the basic philosophy of Scientology, being a philosophy of life, the universe and everything in it, applies equally across the board.
"The third principle is that any philosophic knowledge is only valuable if it is true or if it works."
It is vital, therefore, that a thorough understanding of the philosophy and principles of Scientology are completely understood. Anything less leave the door open to a mis application of the technology of one type or another. An individual who mis applies the technology or alters it can then be understood to have a lack of understanding of the philosophy in some area or another.
This is useful in cramming or any corrective type of activity for that matter, not just for the technical application of auditors but also managers and even people in the field who wish to apply the technology to their lives.
Understanding the philosophy of Scientology will not only improve the application of it but also the understanding of life and reduce the repetition of the mistakes from the past.
"The best way and the most sure-fire way to get to be OT is to be a top rank auditor, for various reasons, including the aplomb it takes to confront the bank. Somebody who has started in this line, if he's had enough training, isn't going to bail out until it's done. Many are called but few are chosen, and there are many reasons why this track and path is a limited track and path."
The Relationship of Training to OT
World Book Dictionary
Fundamentals of Thought by L. Ron Hubbard
Metaphysical: (of a statement or theory) having the form of an empirical hypothesis, but in fact immune from empirical testing and therefore (in the view of the logical positivists) literally meaningless. (popularly) abstract, abstruse, or unduly theoretical.
World English Dictionary
Tape: The Relationship of Training to OT
My Philosophy by L. Ron Hubbard