An extraordinary drama played out across thousands of years, Man's long search to penetrate the mystery of "the other fellow"-and
thereby to know himself-found its expression not only in philosophy and religion, but even in war and conquest. Yet in spite of, or perhaps because of, the crucial intensity of this quest, its
continuing failure down the centuries accumulated ever-deepening problems for
Man. Hence, in desperation, he eventually abandoned the search entirely-in 1879,
to be precise. And into the vacuum of its failure there stepped a new and deadly theory. Specifically, that "the other fellow" is no more than an aggregate of brain, blood and sinew, a stimulus-response mechanism that reacts to but is incapable of mastering its environment. As this concept gained strength, so declined the respect shown each individual and, with it, the sense of honor and purpose of Man as a whole. In interpreting this remarkable story, L. Ron Hubbard not only explains why Man's epic search met with failure for so long, he reveals the missing element that has finally brought success and solved the mystery of "the other fellow." For today, one can indeed know the truth about one's fellow human beings and, hence, come to understand oneself. And what that knowledge foretells for both the individual and Mankind is not only the recovery of respect, honor and purpose, but a level of success that exceeds anything previously attainable.
Author, humanitarian and Founder of Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard is one of the most acclaimed figures of the modern age. In a writing career spanning more than half a century, he was both a leading light of American fiction and the author of more than 35 million words of nonfiction--the single most embracive statement on the human mind and spirit, providing the only road to total spiritual freedom. To date, more than 320 million copies of his works are in circulation worldwide, in 71 languages. All told, those works comprise over 3.000 recorded lectures and some 1.084 written publications, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers. Accordingly, and in testament to the magnitude of his literary legacy, there are his four Guinness World Records: most published author, most translated author, the author with the most audiobook titles and the single most translated non-religious work. Yet the essence of L. Ron Hubbard's legacy is perhaps best expressed in his simple declaration: "I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days. "These shadows look so thick to him and weigh him down so that when he finds they are shadows and that he can see through them, walk through them and be again in the sun, he is enormously delighted. And I am afraid I am just as delighted as he is."