Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1952, 7 January
Document title: Survival
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Document ID: 5201C07A
Description: Hubbard is discussing life, the universe and his magical one word philosophy: survive; claims there is really no 8th dynamic, compared the 8th dynamic to a "miscellaneous file."
How is life operating? How is life operating in this physical universe? What is it doing? The answer to that question: it is surviving.
Now, the second question is, how is it surviving and what are the outermost limits of survival?
It gets to be a very interesting picture – very fascinating. It is like a pyramid. We have Lord knows what data: gods, demons, devils, sciences unheard of – anything, everything. Below this level we have what is relatively true and is considered by man to be relatively true. He accepts these things as workable truths. With these workable truths he can go out and start automobiles and haul wood and keep warm and build houses and wear clothes and buy chocolate ice-cream sodas. Those are workable truths. Also into this field some religious practices fall. They are workable. Somebody comes in and he feels sad. He is told that he is forgiven and he feels good. He is not sad now. That as far as a practice is concerned is workable.
What part of religion is above that, I do not know. (And by the way, anybody who misquotes me and says “Well, Hubbard is an atheist” or something – they are full of malarkey. They are probably atheists themselves. They don’t believe in themselves, obviously.)
So here is this triangle, this pyramid. Right at its peak we have the entering point of knowledge. From this point down we know some things which are relatively workable, useful and true. And above this point, for our purposes, we know nothing. That doesn’t mean we can’t find some things out up here. But this point of entrance is the word survive. That is survive.
Now, you can start asking questions of the physical universe and the behavior of life in it. Of course, you can just go on saying rather idiotically “Well, the reason he does that is it’s got a survival value. It’s got a survival value. It has a survival value.” You can just keep on saying this about everything, but it won’t make very good sense because it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the physical universe. Survival is behind and above these actions, but you have to know some more about it.
What is the action of survival? That is a sort of curve: An individual gets born and he grows for a while and he is happy and he gets married, and then he goes along and he gets old and he kicks off. Well, that is one cycle of survival for one person: conception, birth, growth, stagnation and decay. That is one cycle.
How long the individual stays on this cycle has a lot to do with how high his level of survival is – in other words, what good health he stays in and what his hopes and ambitions are.
In other words, survival is a plot against time. Above this level there is no time and below this level there is time. So survival means a continuation in time, in a good state of repair, on all eight dynamics.
Now, what are the dynamics? This is what a person is surviving for. And here is an emphasis point; here is an evaluation point. We ask around the society and we ask everybody, “Well, why are these people surviving? I mean, why is a person living? What is he living for?”
And people say, “Well, he’s living for himself, obviously. Every human being is very selfish.
The first person is the most used word in the language, and everybody is selfish and he’s surviving only for himself, and that’s the way it is.”
That isn’t the way it is. Very, very fortunately for man, that is not the way it is. In the first place, there is a terrific interdependency between man, life and the physical universe. I’ll demonstrate this interdependency: What if you didn’t have a world to sit on right now? You see, then, you are dependent on the sixth dynamic – MEST. You are dependent upon it. If you didn’t have a world, the weight of that world – its gravitic pull – would not keep in your strata of air and your carbon-oxygen motors would then not operate. You have an interdependency, then, on Earth. You have also an interdependency on the stars, very definitely – if it’s only to keep astronomers in money and astrologers in work.
The whole universe out there with its island universes and so on is a terrifically complex structure. Somebody told me one day that the world has eight motions, eight separate and distinct motions: the world is going around and around, it tips this way and that, and so forth. I don’t know where they studied their astronomy. There are some 850 motions that Earth has, which is just a little bit over, because he had not taken into account the galaxy – the motion of the galaxy, the motion of this galaxy in relationship to its island universe and the relationship of the island universes to the island universes and so on out, practically ad infinitum. The nearer stars up there effect a motion on Earth; they actually do.
They effect a motion on the sun. It is a very, very complex business, this physical universe that we are looking at, but a man is to some degree dependent on it.
You are dependent on the sun, for instance. If the sun doesn’t shine you get gloomy; if the sun didn’t shine at all you would be dead, because the basic cellular forms on Earth are composed of nothing more than sunshine and minerals. It reduces that simply.
All right. So you have a dependency on the physical universe. Well, you emanate from a point which motivates matter; you are an emanation point; you are a life – you are alive. This whole setup we call the seventh dynamic.
There are actually only seven dynamics, really, as far as dynamics are concerned, but we throw the eighth one in just so we will have infinity to coast on. We don’t want to be challenged and suddenly have something else turn up and say we didn’t take care of that. It is like some secretaries’ “miscellaneous” file. (That is the way most filing systems are run, I understand.)
Hubbard, L. R. (1952, 7 January). Survival. Professional Course, (5201C07A). Lecture conducted from Wichita, Kansas.