# Comment by hostile on February 16, 2008 8:34 pm
why did Hubbard actually decide that HE knew about the secrets of the universe? what made him so special? He went from being an author to being a “prophet” as soon as he decided he wasn’t making enough money. he once said “if a man really wants to make a million dollars, he doesn’t write for a penny a word, he invents a religion” so why was hubbard so special? wouldn’t he have the exact same images and ideas fed to him by the “lies” from ages past?
– why did Hubbard actually decide that HE knew about the secrets of the universe? what made him so special?
I don’t know that he decided this. Actually he published his whole research and findings all along the way in books and through lectures and is very open about what he did when and why. It requires to study Scientology texts to see that though. He was not a guru or prophet and is not seen as one by any Scientologist. As for being an author, the last science-fiction book he wrote in 1980 (he died in 1986) and he kept on writing and making money through his books. Donations to Churches of Scientology did not go to him and when he died he turned over all his possessions to the church. I have no doubt that he had a lot of money but that usually happens if you are a bestseller author.
– he once said “if a man really wants to make a million dollars, he doesn’t write for a penny a word, he invents a religion” so why was hubbard so special?
I know that one. Hubbard was supposed to have said that at a meeting of science-fiction authors in 1943. He did not even talk about religion at that meeting. In 1982 the Munich County Court prohibited a publishing house to make this statement. Apart from that two people who were at that meeting in 1943 with Hubbard swore in a court declaration that he never even talked about founding religion (Jay Kay Klein and David K. Kyle) there. Actually it was George Orwell – alias Eric Blair – who said that and he later wrote in one of his books about it (“An age like this – 1920-1940”): “But I have always thought there might be a lot of cash in starting a religion”. The documentation about this is on the website.
Personally, I don’t give much of it. His actions count and he was special because he researched and put together a system which helps everyone who wants to use it. He worked damn hard for at least 40 years of his life to make this happen. And if this drove up his book sales for science-fiction books (he did not make money out of the other actions) it was well deserved.
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