Now and then the discussion crops up of what L. Ron Hubbard really contributed of value to the world. Like with most Scientology discussions, the debaters tend to fall pretty squarely into two camps. This polarizing is sometimes puzzling or seems right out weird for those not so familiar with the subject and its history. Hell, it still puzzles me.
I would like to see if we can have a level-headed discussion to try to sift out Hubbard’s groundbreaking contributions, if any.
There is no doubt that the man was a prolific writer with some 65 million words of non-fiction and around 500 novels and short stories published. He covered a great many fields from religion, spirituality and enlightenment to mental therapy, organizational philosophy, family therapy, study technology, physics, photography, ethics, justice, politics, history, electronics, human behavior and evaluation, communication and much more. According to Wikipedia; “Hubbard is the Guinness World Record holder for the most published author, with 1,084 works, most translated book (70 languages for The Way to Happiness) and most audiobooks (185 as of April 2009)“. In addition to being a writer, he was a navy officer, an organizational leader, photographer, explorer – a prominent contributor in many fields.
What do you see as his greatest gifts to mankind?