The following essay, written by L. Ron Hubbard in late February 1966, is an acknowledgment to those he viewed as legitimate predecessors of Dianetics and Scientology, in particular Greek philosophers Aristotle, Socrates, Plato and Euclid.
Philosophy did not die with Ancient Greece.
Out of the Natural Philosophy of those times came science.
The wonders of chrome and metal, cars, planes, the atom bomb and even the satellites have their roots in the firm base of Greek Philosophy.
But Socrates, Aristotle, Euclid, Thales, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Democritus, Pythagoras, Plato and all the rest did not have in mind the manufacture of material things when they released their knowledge to the world.
Even though all these great things developed out of Greek thought and mathematics, the great names of Philosophy considered they had failed.
And so they had. Until today.
And so they drowned in the avalanche of superstition which engulfed the world in the Dark Ages.
Why did they fail? They needed the higher mathematics and electronics which would, over two thousand years later, develop from their philosophies.
These were developed. But they were used for different purposes than those intended, and Man turned his back upon their lofty dreams while building planes to bomb cities and atom bombs to wipe out the Mankind no one had ever understood.
And in it the goals of Greek Philosophy live again.
Using modern developments in the sciences, it became possible to approach again the basic problems, What is Man? What is his relationship to the Universe? What is the Universe?
Scientology, after a third of a century of careful research and investigation, can answer, with scientific truth, those questions and can prove the answers.
This is rather startling.
We have come so far from Thales, Heraclitus, Parmenides and Democritus that we have almost forgotten what they were trying to discover. But if you consult writings of the work they did over two thousand years ago, you will see what it was.
They wanted Man to know. They did not fail. They laid the ancient Greeks a firm foundation on which to build. And two thousand and more years later, we can furnish all the evidence they need.
And that evidence and its truths and its great potential of betterment for the individual and all Mankind are completed work today in Scientology.
We have reached the star they saw. And we know what it is. You’ll find its value when you become a Scientologist, a being who has come to know himself, life and the Universe and can give a hand to those around him to reach the stars.