You can assign purpose to life, and if you don’t, nobody will

 

“A game is composed of freedom, barriers, and purposes. And we’ve got one of these trick triangles, like the ARC triangle. You increase any corner of it, you increase the other two corners; increase two and you certainly increase the third. That’s a highly selective triangle, and it works — whammity-bam!

Oddly enough, in games there is a singular triangle: it’s freedom, barriers, and purposes. You increase somebody’s freedom, you increase his barriers and purposes. You increase his barriers, you increase his freedom and purposes. You increase his purposes, and you increase his freedom and barriers. And that’s the wildest-looking thing you ever studied.

And I’m going to have to ask you to look that over and find enough examples to satisfy yourself that interrelationship does exist, because it looks absolutely mad that if we put a nine-o’clock curfew on the streets of this city, that people would have more freedom. See, you’ll just have to walk your way though the morass of it, because it’s true. It’s the wildest thing you ever saw.

Now, it’s only when somebody unbalances this triangle violently that we have trouble, exclamation point! Real trouble.

An individual has no purpose. There he goes! He won’t have freedom or barriers. No purpose: no freedom, no barriers. . . .

Now, you can assign purpose to life, and if you don’t, nobody will. Purpose has to be assigned to life because it is purposeless. There isn’t any purpose to life at all.

When you can swallow that bitter pill, you can live. But to swallow it requires that you conceive a static. Thetan native state — no purpose. But it is a solvable thing. It’s solvable. Just invent a problem of comparable magnitude to anything; invent some games. Raise the whole trio here — raise those three corners at once: freedom, barriers, and purposes. “

LRH – “Anatomy of Cause” lecture series, also known as the 16th American Clinical Course. “Auditing Techniques: Games Conditions.” It’s the 22nd in the series, and was given on 1 February, 1957.

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2 thoughts on “You can assign purpose to life, and if you don’t, nobody will”

  1. Wow that’s an extremely interesting concept…I am going to experiment with that for sure…I will let you know how it goes…thanks for posting this

  2. This statement is not quite true – “Now, you can assign purpose to life, and if you don’t, nobody will. Purpose has to be assigned to life because it is purposeless. There isn’t any purpose to life at all.”

    Yes, you can create your own life purpose, or perhaps someone else will decide it for you.

    However, for a person to state that life is without purpose is not fact and is self-contradictory.

    Think about it: Hubbard, who was alive at the time, declares that life is without purpose as if it were a truth, and yet he would have to be completely in an objective state to know whether or not life is purposeless, which he cannot do due to the fact that he is alive and occupies a subjective viewpoint making him not objective nor able to prove life is without a purpose. It MAY be true that life has no purpose, but this is not a definite fact – after all, absolutes are unobtainable. Yet he makes an absolute statement here which is ironic considering that he was alive saying life was without purpose – true, but only for yourself if you declare it to be so, not objectively so.

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