Causation and Time

“Fellow is going to say, ‘Well, I think I’ll sit here and read this book.’ But then he knows he can’t sit there and read that book. What’s stopping him? … It’s the barrier of time. He hasn’t got time to read the book. He knows that. Why hasn’t he time? It’s because he is sort of being driven on and on and on and on and on. In other words, some other cause is operating upon him to make him concentrate entirely upon the quest, let us say, for food. The effort to try to be something, to be alive in this case.

“So he hasn’t any time to spare.  Now, if you ask these individuals just exactly where they’re going when they’re very hectic about it, ‘What are you going to do?’ why, they’ll get rather upset with you. You’ll just tangle them all up in their lines because they’re really not going anyplace. The fellow who hasn’t got an hour to read a book is in terrible condition.

“Now, these people who just ‘haven’t got the time,’ ‘haven’t got the time,’ they will get to a point—they start in on that of pressing. Pressure, pressure, pressure, got to, got to, got got to got to and then they sit around and talk about ‘got to.’

“And the individual after a while will be so barriered, so knocked into immobility, that he won’t move in any direction. He will just sit and have no time.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Beingness and Communication delivered on 24 March 1954. This can be found in the 4th American ACC lectures.


Creating Enjoyment

“You see, there is no finite quantity of imagination. When an individual begins to believe that he doesn’t enjoy doing this anymore… he stops imagining things, so he runs out of his own imagination, you see, just by stopping imagining. …

“Creative writing, creative living, all that sort of thing and that labyrinth is entered by this: the individual is dependent upon the environment to give him enjoyment. He has demanded of the sunset that he enjoy it, because it says to. The particle of enjoyment, he believes, is in the sunset. It is not, it is in himself. And when he ceases to put it there, he runs fresh out.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Exteriorization, Taking Direction delivered on 1 February 1954. This can be found in the 3rd American ACC lectures.


Having Money

“It’s funny, but you know hardly anybody in this society at this time can own money? You’ll find that out as soon as you start processing lots of preclears. They can’t own money. You process them for a long time on wasting money and they get up to a point where they can accept a nickel. That’s right. I mean, it’s that brutal. That’s not a sarcastic statement. They can’t accept money.

“So this money doesn’t belong to anybody and it doesn’t belong to them, doesn’t belong to somebody else and it just wanders around.

“And if you all of a sudden decide that you’re going to have some money, you can go through the necessary magic to accumulate it. You go through magic to accumulate money—various magics. Some people think the way to accumulate money is get down in a ditch and shovel for eight hours or twelve hours. They’ll accumulate money—they’ll accumulate just as much money as they thought they were going to accumulate. Well, that’s their magic.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture SOP 8-C Patter delivered on 11 December 1953. This can be found in the 2nd American ACC lectures.

Admiration and Aging

Admiration and Aging

“Why is it that the cells, bone structure and so on of an old person are smaller than in a young person? Why is it that people, as they get older, have smaller cells and smaller tissue patterns and so on than they had when they were younger? …

“A little tiny cube: eight force particles. All right. That’s a basic unit of mass: eight force particles. And these eight force particles are less admired and less admired and they’re just tighter together. This person, throughout his life, has run into less admiration than he thought he should encounter and he shrunk. You see, so you get a tightening-together process in the face of nonadmiration. …

“All of this is built on the basis that one has to receive everything from the exterior. And the interior admiration is all that’s going to do it any good in the first place.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture Processes delivered on 7 October 1953. This can be found in the 1st American ACC lectures.

Live Beautifully

Live Beautifully

“The biggest and widest canvas that you could paint would be the canvas of a life. A man could actually achieve the level of being a professionally beautiful ‘liver.’ He could. There are some people you are glad to know simply because they seem to lead a beautiful life. It’s interesting, isn’t it?

“So people say we have to go hungering after art through painting, writing and so forth. And what are these people doing? They’re writing about, they’re painting about, composing about life. You’re sitting there with this enormous canvas and all the raw materials to put together into what is actually a piece of art. How would you combine these things to make them interesting? And that would be art, for you. …

“You’re overlooking, then, the primary field of art, which would be to live beautifully.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

Excerpted from the lecture SOP Issue 5: Steps I to VII delivered on 24 March 1953. This can be found in The Factors lectures.