SCN 8-8008: Creation and Destruction

Reference: SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008

This paper presents Section 48 from the book SCIENTOLOGY 8-8008 by L. RON HUBBARD. The contents are from the original publication of this book by The Church of Scientology (1952).

The paragraphs of the original material (in black) are accompanied by brief comments (in color) based on the present understanding.  Feedback on these comments is appreciated.

The heading below is linked to the original materials.


Creation and Destruction

Self-determinism seeks as its goal the attainment of the goal of theta itself. Theta has the capability of locating matter and energy in time and space and of creating time and space.

Self-determinism comes from a well-assimilated mental matrix. Such matrix has the capability of providing solutions that are consistent with reality.

Any action requires space and time, for space and time are necessary to motion. Motion can be defined as change of location in space, and any change of location requires time.

The basis of any action is substance. Space, time, and motion are characteristics of substance. Density is intrinsic to substance, and so is its motion.

Thus, we have an interacting triangle, one corner of which could be labelled space, another corner time, and the third energy. Matter is not included in the triangle because matter is apparently cohesion and adhesion of energy.

Space, time and energy are three different characteristics of substance. Energy is the expression of motion. Motion is reciprocal of density. Density expresses itself as mass.

The cycle of a universe could be said to be the cycle of creation, growth, conservation, decay and destruction. This is the cycle of an entire universe or any part of that universe; it is also the cycle of life forms.

The cycle of the universe, first described in the Vedas, is creation, growth, conservation, decay and destruction.

This would compare to the three actions of energy which are Start, Change and Stop, where creation is Start, growth is enforced Change, conservation and decay are inhibited Change and destruction is Stop. The two extremes of the cycle—creation and destruction or, in the terms of motion, Start and Stop-are interdependent and are consecutive.

This cycle describes the action of energy as START (creation), CHANGE (growth, conservation, decay), and STOP (destruction). The destruction of one cycle becomes creation of the next.

There could be no creation without destruction; as one must eradicate the tenement before building the apartment house, so, in the material universe, must destruction and creation be intermingled. A good action could be said to be one which accomplished the maximal construction with minimal destruction; a bad action could be said to be one which accomplished the minimal construction with maximal destruction.

Destruction and creation maintain a balance. This gives us the law of conservation.

That which is started and cannot be stopped and that which is stopped without being permitted to run a course, are alike actions bordering upon the psychotic. Unreasonableness itself is defined by persistence in one or the other of these courses of starting something which cannot be stopped (as in the case of an A-bomb) or of stopping something before it has reached a beneficial stage.

A cycle that has started but cannot be stopped is psychotic. And so is a cycle that stopped before reaching its conclusion. These are inconsistencies.

Unlimited creation without any destruction would be insane; unlimited destruction without any creation would be similarly insane. In actuality, insanity can be grouped and classified, detected and remedied by a study of creation and destruction.

Creation and destruction that are out of balance denote a major inconsistency.

An individual will not be responsible for that on which he will not use force. The definition of responsibility is entirely within this boundary. That person will not be responsible in that sphere where he cannot tolerate force, and if one discovers in an individual where he will not use force, he will find where that individual will also refuse to be responsible.

Responsibility is the ability to respond adequately to a situation. This generally requires the use of balanced force. If a person refuses to use balanced force, he is refusing to be responsible.

An assessment of a case can be done by use of the accompanying graph. We see here creation with an arrow pointing straight downward and find there the word insane, and, under this, we list the dynamics. Wherever along any of these dynamics the individual cannot conceive himself to be able to create, on that level he will be found aberrated to the degree that he does not believe himself able to create. This might be thought to introduce an imponderable, but such is not the case, for the individual is most aberrated on the first 4ynamic and, rightly or wrongly, conceives that he could not create himself. This goes to the extent, in homo sapiens, of believing that one cannot create a body and, rightly or wrongly, one is then most aberrated on the subject of his body.

“Wherever along any of these dynamics the individual cannot conceive himself to be able to create, on that level he will be found aberrated to the degree that he does not believe himself able to create.”

Potentially, because of the character of theta itself, an individual in an absolute and possibly unattainable state, should be able to create a universe. Certainly, it is true that every man is his own universe and possesses within himself all the capabilities of a universe.

A person can potentially visualize a whole universe in complete detail.

To the extreme right of the graph we have the word destroy and an arrow pointing downwards toward insanity and, beneath this, the list of the dynamics. That individual who can only destroy along any of these dynamics and cannot or will not create could be said to be aberrated on that dynamic. He is aberrated to the degree that he would destroy that dynamic.

“That individual who can only destroy along any of these dynamics and cannot or will not create could be said to be aberrated on that dynamic.”

Looking again at the column of creation, one finds the individual aberrated anywhere along the dynamics in that column where the individual will only create and will not destroy. In the destruction column, one finds the individual aberrated on any dynamic in that column where he will not destroy. In the middle ground of the graph, we find that a balance of creation and destruction is sanity, and in the dynamics below it we find the individual sane wherever he will create and destroy.

Of course, consistency demands that a balance must exist in the individual’s ability to create and destroy.

Use of this graph and these principles enable the auditor to assess hitherto hidden compulsions and obsessions on the part of the preclear. This is an auditing graph. If one looks at it another way than that of an auditor, he finds there laid out what has been occasionally posed as a philosophy of existence. Friedrich Nietzsche, in his book “Thus Spake Zarathustra,” presents as a desirable code of conduct unlimited willingness to destroy. Philosophically the graph has little or no workability. In order to survive in any universe, conduct must be regulated by a sense of ethics. Ethics are possible on a reasonable level only when the individual is high on the tone-scale. In the absence of such height, ethics are supplanted by morals, which can be defined as an arbitrary code of conduct not necessarily related to reason. Should one attempt to regulate his conduct on the basis of unlimited creation or destruction, he would find it necessary to act entirely without judgment to put his philosophy into effect. It is noteworthy that the late Nazi regime can serve as a clinical test of the workability of a scheme of things wherein unlimited creation and destruction are held as an ideal. I heard a rumor lately that Adolph Hitler was dead.

The above principle helps discover hidden inconsistencies on the part of a person. Here we have a philosophy of existence. In order to survive in any universe, conduct must be regulated by a sense of ethics. Ethics is live reasoning. Morals are rules that are supposed to formulate and enforce reason.



A person improves by discovering things about himself. He has filters that distort his view. He may not be willing to accept certain things about himself and may feel embarrassed when confronting certain data about himself. But the natural sense of ethics takes over in meditation and these principles then apply themselves. There is no analyzing. There is only becoming more aware.

Hubbard’s system helps one get insights into reality. The sense of ethics is actually a keen sense of consistency that helps one resolve fixed attention and filters (assumptions, fixed ideas, biases, and prejudices).


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