Back to School

How many millions of kids returned to school this week in the U.S. alone?More than 55,000,000 from what I’ve read.Is school fulfilling its purpose for them?I well remember the late 1950s when the big issue was—are Soviet kids getting a better science and math education that Americans?  This was a big problem.  After all, they beat us into space.The curricula changes resulting did nothing to improve literacy, not to mention productivity, citizenship and character.  Yet what is education fo … [Read more...]

My Thoughts on 9/11

I grew up in New York and left home before the World Trade Center was built.  It was not as much a part of my life and heritage as, say, the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building, or Times Square.But the thought that this could happen here was so bizarre, so surreal, I felt I was in a parallel universe when I saw that huge jetliner fly into the building.My first thought was – Oh my God!  How could a jet be flying so low?  It never even occurred to me it was an act of terrorism.  That … [Read more...]

Dianetics Explains Reason for Silent Birth

L. Ron Hubbard wrote in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, In May, 1950, that expectant mothers should be extremely gentle on themselves during pregnancy. He also advocated that people assisting a woman giving birth maintain silence during delivery. “So a child should have a very quiet prenatal period, and should have a silent, as painless as possible, birth.,” and, “the delivery itself should carry as little anesthetic as possible, be as calm and no-talk as possible.” Mr. Hubbard al … [Read more...]

America’s Financial Woes—Is There a Solution?

Associated Press today published a story stating: “Worker productivity fell this spring more quickly than previously estimated and labor costs rose at a faster clip. The decline in worker output could mean that some companies need to hire if they want to meet growing demand.”Any businessman alive can read the writing on that wall—lowered production levels and increased costs forecast disaster.But what about the individual?  Isn’t it just fine to keep pulling a paycheck despite low producti … [Read more...]

Who Are Scientologists?

Scientology helped Phil Hargrow, New York City subway engineer, come to terms with his grief and help others. His profile is one of 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos available on the Scientology website at you are one of 5 million people who daily ride the New York City subway system, Scientologist Phil Hargrow may be more important to you than you know.A subway engineer for the past 26 years, Hargrow drives the Q train from Coney Island to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, … [Read more...]

What are the Abilities of a Spiritual Being?

L. Ron Hubbard compiled a chart in December 1951 called “The Hubbard Chart of Attitudes” which examines various states of being from the depths to the heights of spiritual awareness and ability.At the top, one survives, is maximally right, fully responsible and truthful.In Scientology one strives to attain the highest possible level of these qualities and Scientology includes the study of the technology by which one can accomplish this and exact processes that increase or restore one’s nativ … [Read more...]

How to Recognize Intelligence

In the book Dianetics: the Original Thesis L. Ron Hubbard defines intelligence as: “the ability to perceive, pose and resolve problems.”That’s a different take on it, isn’t it?It’s not necessarily how fast you can read or memorize something, or your grades in school, or your ability to flaunt your vocabulary.  It’s how fast or well you can solve something.In your own life, who do you know that’s intelligent?Well, when you’re stumped, who do you go to for advice?  If his or her advice work … [Read more...]

Are you confused?

L. Ron Hubbard defined confusion as “any set of factors or circumstances which do not seem to have any immediate solution,” and in the book The Problems of Work he devotes an entire chapter to how to resolve confusions.And it is one of the easiest tools in Scientology to apply.How many factors or circumstances are there in your life that don’t seem to have any immediate solution, such as:Is he cheating on me? How to I make enough money to make ends meet without killing myself off? How do … [Read more...]