L. RON HUBBARD | BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE
However broad the impact of Mr. Hubbard’s philosophic statement on art, no measure of the man’s greater artistic legacy is complete without mention of his greater life’s work, Dianetics and Scientology.
“A culture is only as great as its dreams,” he had declared, “and its dreams are dreamed by artists.” In that regard, he had further declared, the rehabilitation of the artist becomes a tremendously valid undertaking that would repay the culture a thousand times. That Scientology would naturally lend itself to such a task is axiomatic; for given what Mr. Hubbard had previously determined about Man’s intrinsic nature, Dianetics and Scientology directly address the artist on the most fundamental level: his spiritual self. Then, too, when Mr. Hubbard speaks of rehabilitating artistic creativity, he is speaking of rehabilitating the source of all creativity, the human spirit.
Specifically on behalf of creative people, Mr. Hubbard saw to the founding of the Celebrity Centre. These special Churches of Scientology offer the same services that all Scientology Churches offer, but in an environment that is particularly amenable to the artist. Thus, no matter how famous an artist may be, he or she will be able to pursue Dianetics and Scientology in the distraction-free and secure setting of the Celebrity Centre. The Celebrity Centre also provides special services to help artists—both accomplished and novice—apply Scientology principles to their fields and thereby help them improve their ability to work a positive influence on society. They further provide the up-and-coming celebrity with forums for the production of theatrical performances, literary readings, concerts and all else Mr. Hubbard described as that glorious activity we call art.
“The elevation of a culture,” he firmly declared, “can be measured directly by the numbers of its people working in the field of aesthetics.” Through his various instructional materials—for photographers, filmmakers, authors and musicians—he has thus far inspired thousands. While through his Writers of the Future program, he has directly launched the careers of several hundred more. But when considering L. Ron Hubbard’s greater legacy, including all that is possible with Dianetics and Scientology, then his contribution cannot be measured in less than millions. For as he also very firmly declared, works of art are not only about artists. Rather, “Works of art are viewed by people. They are heard by people. They are felt by people. They are not just the fodder of a close-knit group of initiates. They are the soul food of all people.”