Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1951, 19 November
Document title: Cause and Effect - Part 1
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Document ID: 5111C19A
Description: Hubbard contrasts the idea of being faith as opposed to having faith. Says action, motion, progress, survival, etc., is produced by pretense.
Now, knowledge–epistemology–is a subject one had to know before he could know that he knew. Epistemology would be knowledge. This is a state of knowing. It is odd that at the instant before you said “to be,” you knew. You knew everything there was to know. And then you said “to be” and became, and from that point forward you said you had to learn.
That is very peculiar, because you know. And you are just pretending that you don’t know, because about the only way that you can get action, motion, progress, survival and so forth is to pretend that you don’t know. You pretend that you don’t know certain things and then you have something to study. You pretend that you are not responsible for certain things, and you have counter-efforts, you have randomity, and you can go fight Russians or something. As long as you pretend you can’t quite handle something it will give you a bad time, so you have randomity, you have motion, you have action, and you are filling in time. The funny part of it is that you know you are doing it.
For instance, a man is willing to have somebody come along and tell him he has to have faith. He knows essentially this is wrong. If you don’t think he doesn’t know essentially that it is wrong that he has to have faith, just go down and listen to a few arguments on Christianity. I think that with the number of words written on the subject of Christianity, you will find that there must be something a little bit erroneous about it or there wouldn’t have been quite as much argument. Actually, the basic on this is “have faith.” The devil with that. You are faith. How can you have faith?
It is silly to tell somebody who is faith to have faith, because this makes him look elsewhere for his faith, not to himself. Yet, by doing this mechanism, one certainly can have some randomity. All one has to do is postulate that there is something outside that he doesn’t have control of and that he is not cause of, and he is all set. Now he has randomity, he has action, he has the Crusades, he has the Baptist Church arguing with the Methodists.
In other words, these are positions which are actually opposed. Without these differences there could be no action.
People talk about death. Man has had a good time for an awfully long time pretending he didn’t know about death. This made it horrible and he could be terrifically dramatic. He also could go in for this wonderful idea of “I give my life for you. I am a hero.” Do we buy that one! Rats– maybe he gives his body, but he certainly doesn’t give his life.
Man has managed to obfuscate himself, in other words, and you will find people doing this; you will find children doing this particularly. They will pretend this and pretend that, because life isn’t too serious to them yet. They go on using these pretenses and out of them they produce motion. Then they grow up, and in order to be grown up they have to pretend these pretenses are not pretenses. That is about the main difference between an adult and a child, because the child knows he is pretending and the grown up is a liar.
Hubbard, L. R. (1951, 19 November). Cause and Effect – Part 1. Professional Course, (5111C19A). Lecture conducted from Wichita, Kansas.