The Spirit of Man

As another year draws to a close it is a good time to reflect on the goodness of Beings and what we as beings can accomplish and achieve both for ourselves and others. Love, kindness and caring often don’t seem to fit the world we are presently living in.

Ron has quite a bit to say on this … so here are some of his words for all of us to reflect on …   

“Your self-determinism depends upon your ability to tolerate the actions of others or to direct them at will, depends upon your ability to have charity to your fellow man, depends upon your ability when in a position of trust to demonstrate mercy.”

L. Ron Hubbard Founder – From the lecture The Hope of Man, recorded on 3 June 1955 (Tape 1 of The Anatomy of the Spirit of Man Congress Lectures, Washington D.C., 3-6 June 1955.


“A person can have an independent attitude toward existence, regardless of what is going on, and make things better or worse at will, to the degree that he retains his confidence and faith in himself and his ability to make postulates.

“He can say he feels this way, and he feels this way.  But he has to be able to trust himself, to say that….

“He could then take command of the existing situation or better any situation without being tremendously influenced by the circumstances which surround him.

“What do we call this?  We call this self-determinism.  An individual, then, is as capable of happiness or livingness — I would rather call it livingness — he is as capable of living as he is capable of determining the actions of himself and others by simple postulate.

“And an individual who can do this is a giant amongst his fellows.  And an individual who can’t, has been, is, and always will be a slave.”
 LRH, “Component Parts of Beingness”, 4 June 55, from Anatomy of the Spirit of Man Congress Lectures Transcripts pages 86-87


“The real lesson is to learn to love.

“He who would walk scatheless through his days must learn this.

“Never use what is done to one as a basis for hatred. Never desire revenge.

“It requires real strength to love man. And to love him despite all invitations to do otherwise, all provocations and all reasons why one should not.

“Happiness and strength endure only in the absence of hate. To hate alone is the road to disaster. To love is the road to strength. To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe.”

“There’s hardly one of us who hasn’t asked himself the question, ‘Isn’t it better to be mean?’ Almost every one of us has had the feeling that we were a bit soft.  We didn’t like flying into the teeth of some human being and making him or her feel bad.  We’ve told ourselves, ‘We ought to be tougher. We ought to put up a better front; we ought to know when to snarl, know when to show the sharpened tooth.’ And probably we have walked away occasionally after we’ve loaned somebody five dollars or something of the sort and said, ‘When am I going to learn to be tough? When am I going to learn to be hard-boiled and just stand right up to that little kid and say ‘No!’ When am I going to learn this?’

“The motto behind this is ‘Isn’t it better to be mean occasionally? When am I going to stop being soft and be a hard, forthright, capable-of-saying-no person? I would be a much better manager.  I would be a much better person if I knew when to come down with a slight slam.  If I could just know, occasionally, when I should be mean, and if I just was willing to be mean, wouldn’t that be right?  I should be able to just take the people out there and just sweep them aside.  Isn’t there some rightness in being tough?’

“One can spot times when he knows he should have been tougher – he’s sure of it.  But a highly informative series of Scientology spiritual counseling procedures demonstrates that the person who is willing to confront other things doesn’t ever have to say no, he doesn’t ever have to be mean, he doesn’t ever have to be tough at all. (And by confront things, we mean face things without flinching or avoiding.)  It is perfectly all right to be nice to people.  It isn’t a weakness at all.  As a matter of fact, if you aren’t, you’re in the soup.

“You could say that the only times for which you are suffering are those times when you weren’t nice enough, when you weren’t kind enough and when you weren’t unmean enough. Those are the only times from which you’re really suffering.

“It is not true that being mean gets anybody ahead anyplace. That’s really factual. 

“When you deny your fellow man–you say ‘no’; you say ‘be mean’, you say ‘be very positive’–the truth of the matter is that you are denying him communication, one way or the other.

“The only thing you should ever be tough about is insisting that the other fellow ought to stand on his own feet, too.  And the only way you will ever communicate that to him is to communicate it to him in a very nice way.  Then he’s liable to receive it.

“Being mean is simply going out of communication with things.

“The individual who is kind, who is decent and who does communicate and who is nice and who isn’t averse to conversation and saying this and doing that, who is tolerant, we find gets along beautifully. 

“But the fellow who’s mean and who’s ornery and who’s cutting communications all the way along the line, we find he’s in the soup. 

“There, a standard of optimum human performance would be measured on the basis of human kindness as a high and human meanness as a low.

“So we know the answer at last to whether you should have been mean all those times or whether you should have been more kind: You should have been more kind.”
– LRH the Ministers Book – sermon called “Kindness”

We wish all Scientologists wherever they may be the best of postulates filled with kindness, compassion and understanding throughout the coming year!

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  1. Thanks. This is an excellent article! It really does pay to be kind. The worst reactions I have ever had, was when I was angry and about to take someone out! Without a doubt it “back-flashed on me! Jo Ann.

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