STATIC (in Scientology)

The most fundamental concept in Scientology is STATIC. It is called STATIC because it has no motion. Hubbard defines STATIC as zero in terms of physical attributes. However, STATIC is not nothingness, because it has quality and ability. It simply has no quantitative factor. But STATIC can generate quantitative physical factors by considering them.

Here Hubbard is postulating quantity and quality to be literally separable. It is like literally separating software from hardware, or literally separating form from substance. I do not think that such separation can be observed in reality. Therefore, this is an inconsistency.

Hubbard’s postulate of STATIC is inherently inconsistent.

Such inconsistency does not exist in Buddha’s postulate of EMPTINESS, which is simply a theoretical reference point of “zero” for all phenomenon. The concept of EMPTINESS may be arrived at by following the process of “neti, neti” (neither this, nor that). Buddha does not call out EMPTINESS to be some actuality with ability. It is simply a theoretical reference point like “zero” in mathematics.

What Hubbard’s STATIC seems to be referring to is a viewpoint that has attained complete knowingness. I shall call it the UNIVERSAL VIEWPOINT. It is the broadest viewpoint that there is. It does not exclude anything from its consideration or examination.

When this viewpoint is attained by a human being, it is called NIRVANA. You do not have to be permanently separate from the body (like the way Hubbard postulates STATIC) to attain the UNIVERSAL VIEWPOINT obtained in NIRVANA. Buddha attained NIRVANA at the age of thirty-five, and he then lived to be eighty.

Hubbard’s STATIC could be an approximation of the UNIVERSAL VIEWPOINT obtained in NIRVANA.

Buddha thought like a scientist in the true sense, not restricting himself to the physical universe only. He considered the physical and spiritual aspects of life integrated into one universe.


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