About L. Ron Hubbard
L. Ron Hubbard is perhaps best known as an author, his works published in 52 languages, with hundreds of millions of copies in print. Yet he is also known to and remembered by millions as a great humanitarian who, after more than half a century of research into methods to better the human condition, left a legacy that improves men's lives in innumerable ways. This legacy is recorded in an immense body of work that literally comprises tens of millions of words.
His life was uniquely dedicated to an inquiry into the nature of man and to research into ways to help man improve his lot. Mr. Hubbard wrote in an essay, "My Philosophy": "I know no man who has any monopoly upon the wisdom of this universe. It belongs to those who can use it to help themselves and others. If things were a little better known and understood, we would all lead happier lives."
Mr. Hubbard is also widely recognized as the founder of the religion of Scientology, a religion which embodies all of his core research and subsequent technical development which enables individuals to understand and deal with their own lives and to improve their relationships with family, friends and associates, as well, importantly, to gain greater insight into their spiritual nature.
But there is another aspect to L. Ron Hubbard's work—an aspect which informs and directs the activities of ABLE and its four associated social betterment organizations. That is: a concern for the individual and an appreciation that the social barriers which that individual faces can bar him from having a productive and satisfying life. These barriers include drugs, lack of an effective education, a criminal outlook on life or fear of criminality and a failure to comprehend what behavior is likely to lead to happiness and fulfillment.
As early as 1950, he noted that "Today's children will become tomorrow's civilization," and warned that society was destroying itself by its own educational systems, a prediction that has proven nightmarishly accurate. Today we face a society which demands a sophisticated education and an ability to assimilate new facts in the face of a rapidly changing technology. Yet vast numbers of children are consigned to menial tasks—and often to gangs, drug dealing and other criminality—due to a failure to obtain an education that equips them to succeed. In response to his recognition of the failings in modern education, Mr. Hubbard systematically researched the fundamentals of learning. And his resultant breakthroughs in this field open the doors to learning for anyone who applies them.
Today this "Study Technology" is used and delivered around the world through Applied Scholastics educational services. Ranging from teacher training programs delivered to thousands of educators in third world countries, to community and inner city literacy programs in the United States and to private schools and tutoring programs around the world, these services have a common denominator: Mr. Hubbard's workable Study Technology.
Mr. Hubbard also achieved path-breaking results in the field of substance abuse and drug addiction. Observing the drug "revolution" of the 1960s and early 1970s, he accelerated his research into the consequences of substance abuse and the techniques necessary to handle the effect of drugs and other toxic chemicals on individuals, warning that "the planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress—drugs and other biochemical substances. These can put people into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being." Through his research he not only addressed the problem of why people take drugs in the first place (for without such an address they are forever left with the original condition for which drugs were a "solution"), he also developed effective methods to alleviate the horror of withdrawal from drugs. Then he developed procedures that remove drug residuals from the fatty tissues and bring about a physical detoxification which removes the stimulus responsible for much drug reversion. All this resulted in development of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program which successfully ends addiction.
The problem of criminality and the fact that incarceration in a penitentiary tends to make hard-core criminals, not penitent, reformed citizens, were areas which Mr. Hubbard studied as early as the 1930s and, in the 1940s when he served as a Special Officer in Los Angeles. His studies of the causes of crime—primary among them being the individual's loss of self-respect—brought about the Criminon criminal reform program which truly rehabilitates offenders so they regain that lost self-respect and become productive members of society. Today the Criminon program utilizes materials and technology developed by Mr. Hubbard to rehabilitate criminals around the world. The root words of "rehabilitate" mean "to make useful again" or "to make able again". And that is what is accomplished through Mr. Hubbard's technology. Men and women are restored to ability—not through lectures telling them to "be good" but through enabling them to discover themselves, to regain their self-respect and to shed the perspective and outlook on life that dictated criminality as a solution.
The 1970s marked a period of intensive moral decline in the West. The place of religion became increasingly circumscribed and moral and ethical standards were broadly challenged on many fronts. In 1980, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a public school in Kentucky could not post the 10 Commandments as to do so would violate the separation of church and state mandated by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Commenting on this and other developments of the period, Mr. Hubbard wrote, "When religion is not influential in a society or has ceased to be, the state inherits the entire burden of public morality. It then must use punishment and police. Yet this is unsuccessful as morality, not inherent in the individual, cannot be enforced with any great success".
Seeing the collapse of moral standards and reduction in influence of the institutions which historically had advanced those standards, Mr. Hubbard wrote a wholly secular and non-religious, common-sense moral code, The Way to Happiness, a booklet that can be used as a logical guide by individuals of any race or religious background to help themselves, their families and associates. With 21 fundamental precepts, fully discussed, the booklet is used by children and adults to develop moral standards based on their own reasoning and understanding of why and how those standards promote a happier life.
While Mr. Hubbard's accomplishments cover far broader ground than noted, it is these in particular which provide ABLE with its impetus and, indeed, its reason for being. In a world facing a perilous future, it is imperative that ABLE energetically work to bring about widespread implementation of these effective solutions, for without them man's most ambitious aspirations and dreams may never materialize.
While ABLE helps to make these achievements known and applied, the greatest testament to Mr. Hubbard's endeavors lies in the fact that today, as a direct result of his lifelong dedication to helping others, individuals from all walks of life on every continent in scores of nations utilize his principles to better their lives and free themselves and others of those shadows which darken their days.